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40 years ago: Court of Appeals decides against gay student group seeking KU recognition

March 16, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 16, 1973:

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver this week had upheld a district court decision allowing Kansas University to refuse recognition of the Lawrence Gay Liberation Front. The group had appealed to the court to reverse the decision of U.S. District Court Judge George Templar in February, 1972, in favor of KU. The Front had been refused formal recognition by KU in 1970 on the grounds that state funds should not be used to promote a particular moral code. In the Denver court decision, it was stated that the group had failed to show that the denial of formal recognition had violated its constitutional rights. The decision further stated that registered, but unrecognized, organizations could enjoy nearly all of the same rights as recognized groups did, with the exception of the use of student activity funds and the right to reserve university facilities for meetings more than seven days in advance. The one dissenting judge, William J. Holloway Jr., said in his decision that those two rights were "significant enough that they cannot be ignored."

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