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Student sues college district

February 14, 2009|Gale Holland

A student has sued the Los Angeles Community College District for allegedly censoring a classroom speech he gave against same-sex unions in the emotional aftermath of the passage of Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban.

Jonathan Lopez, who is working on his associate of arts degree at Los Angeles City College, quoted a dictionary definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, and cited several Bible verses during a public speaking class in late November, his suit states.

His professor, John Matteson, interrupted, called Lopez a "fascist bastard" and refused to let him finish his address, according to the suit.

-- Gale Holland

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