- The Washington Times - Friday, May 29, 2015

The University of California Santa Barbara was forced to back down this week from previous demands that a student group needed to pay extra security fees in order to hold an event on traditional marriage, according to a Campus Reform report.

Tuesday’s lecture titled, “Same-Sex Marriage: Why Not?” hosted by the Anscombe Society of the University of California, Santa Barbara, was described on its Facebook page as a “provocative talk on same-sex marriage and why it ought not be accepted.” It was free and open to the public, Campus Reform reported.

Six days before the event, the university’s Associate Dean of Student Life and Activities sent an email to Carlos Flores, the UCSB Anscombe Society President, requesting $128 for extra security.

The email claimed “there are students who are struggling personally with these issues that may be seeking support and be blind sided [sic] or upset by the actual content which appears to be clear opposition to the concept of gay marriage,” Campus Reform reported.

The extra fee was rescinded after Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a nonprofit Christian legal defense organization, sent a letter to school officials demanding they revoke the fees, calling it “unconstitutional content-based discrimination.”



David Hacker, the senior legal counsel for ADF, issued a statement to Campus Reform announcing that the school decided to revoke the fees.

“We are thankful that the University of Santa Barbara has removed the unconstitutional security fee and is protecting the group’s right on campus to have this lecture on a critically important cultural issue,” the statement said.

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