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Antigay Students Claim College Censorship

Antigay Students Claim College Censorship


A lawsuit filed by two students at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York claims that the school attacked their right to free speech by interfering with their plans to hold a campus forum on the "negative consequences" of marriage equality.

According to Courier-Life Publications, "In court papers filed March 7, both Joseph Hayon -- who is president of the Brooklyn Tea Party and the chairman of Kingsborough's Republican Club -- and Shmuel Mayteles, say school officials threatened to kick them off campus if they didn't stop handing out anti-abortion pamphlets in 2009, and then rescheduled a forum on gay marriage, moving it to a smaller location."

The suit also claims that school officials meddled with the marriage forum by insisting that a faculty member moderate the event and counter the antigay opinions.

A lawyer for Kingsborough, which is part of the City University of New York system, said the school had done nothing wrong.

reports that Hayon, 33, ran for state assembly in 2010 and waged a "pro-family" campaign in which he pledged to oppose measures including the order from then-governor David Paterson to recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state.

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