In 2016, Doug and Mary Ketchum moved from Utah to Tennessee with their severely disabled daughter, Stacie. This was a move of necessity: the Salt Lake City climate had caused Stacie’s lung to collapse. She needed a change of climate, and Doug and Mary needed a job that would allow them to care for her 24/7. The chance to own and operate historic Kimbrough Fine Wine and Spirits in Memphis, Tennessee, seemed like the answer to all of their problems.
What the Ketchums didn’t know was that the Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association, a special interest group created to shield in-state liquor stores from competition, was determined to prevent them from opening their doors. Using Tennessee’s “durational licensing” laws—which required anyone seeking a retail liquor license to first reside in the state for two years, and then 10 years before they could renew the license—the Association dragged the Ketchums through a three-year legal battle that brought them to the steps of the nation’s highest court.
Last month, the Institute for Justice ended their legal nightmare. In a landmark 7-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Tennessee’s licensing law as unconstitutional. Now Doug and Mary can finally operate their business and care for Stacie without fear of being shut down.
But countless others like them are still fighting for their rights. Right now, IJ is litigating 57 lawsuits in 28 states to allow innocent Americans to work and speak freely, keep their hard-earned property, and educate their children as they choose.
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