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Group of Christian Students sue University over belief on gay marriage

by Alex Collett

A group of Christians is suing the University in Idaho after they claim they were censored for expressing their religious beliefs on gay marriage.

Mark Miller, Ryan Alexander and Peter Perlot all filed the suit in the U.S District Court.

This was for district of Idaho Southern Division against the university's president C. Scott Green, the Dean of Students Brian Eckles, and other administrators.

The issue arose when students attended an event led by the Christian Legal Society chapter at the college's School of Law.

Whilst they were there, apart from Alexander who was ill, another student asked the group why CLS required its officers to affirm that marriage is between a man and a woman.

The students claimed their beliefs were rooted in the Bible and offered to discuss the matter further at a later time.

Word quickly spread and the CLS was publicly denounced by non-members for its views on marriage.

Accusations were made against them which the CLS denied that they told students they were going to hell for believing in gay marriage.

A CLS member said "the biggest discrimination he had seen on campus was the discrimination against CLS and its religious beliefs, and that he was concerned about the state of religious freedom on campus."

The CLS students are now suing for "declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief" saying the first and fourteenth amendments were violated.

In 2006 Idaho voters voted to ban gay marriage, but the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 made such marriages legal, negating the Idaho law.

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