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40 years ago: Judge rules gay student group can’t access KU funds

February 12, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 12, 1972:

  • The observance of Lincoln's birthday today reminded local historians of the former President's visit to Kansas in 1859. "There are some who contend that Lincoln passed through Lawrence during his visit, but there are no records to substantiate" this belief, the article reads. Lincoln had later remarked that he had "welcomed the chance to present his thoughts to the Midwesterners because of their open minds and clear thinking."
  • In Topeka, U.S. District Court Judge George Templar recently had ruled against the Lawrence Gay Liberation Front in its effort to gain recognition and a portion of student fees at Kansas University. The GLF had argued that its members deserved equal protection under the First and 14th Amendments and that their rights had been violated when the university had denied them recognition. Templar said that Chancellor Laurence Chalmers' denial of recognition had been based on the grounds that state funds "should not be made available for the purpose of opposing or supporting the discussion of bizarre sexual activities for which plaintiffs apparently seek formal and public approval." Homosexuality, the article pointed out, was a misdemeanor violation of the Kansas Criminal Code.

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