A coalition of 24 groups and individuals petitioned the Federal Communications Commission today (April 19) to reconsider its March ruling that Bono's use of an obscenity during the Golden Globes Award

A coalition of 24 groups and individuals petitioned the Federal Communications Commission today (April 19) to reconsider its March ruling that Bono's use of an obscenity during the Golden Globes Awards was in violation of FCC indecency rules.

The groups call the ruling unconstitutional, saying it violated the First Amendment.

Earlier, the FCC had let the Bono remark -- "this is really, really f***ing brilliant" -- pass because it was used as an exclamation and not in a sexual context. This ruling, made in October 2003, created a storm of protest among conservative family groups. The findings were revised in March, but neither NBC, the network that carried the show, nor the recording artist was fined.

The petitioning groups include the RIAA; artists' groups such as the Recording Artists Coalition, the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists and the Screen Actors Guild; broadcasters Viacom, Fox Entertainment Group and Radio One; public interest groups the American Civil Liberties Union and the Media Access Project; and performers Margaret Cho and Penn & Teller.