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Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Young Conservatives of Texas (Lone Star College)A conservative legal group is claiming victory in a free-speech issue involving a Texas college system.

Lone Star College's chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas on the CyFair campus claimed it was unjustly derecognized for its conservative views. But the school – after being taken to federal court by the student group – now has agreed to make policy changes so the college will no longer discriminate against any group based on its viewpoint.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Tyson Langhofer, whose firm represented Young Conservatives, explains that the school gave officials unrestricted authority to recognize or derecognize student organizations based on whether they agreed with the group's viewpoints.

Langhofer

"Colleges cannot deny benefits to a student group simply because they disagree with the student group's beliefs and viewpoints on certain issues," the ADF senior counsel explains.

Langhofer says in order for a student organization to be recognized under the old policies, the club had to have a faculty sponsor. "After Young Conservatives of Texas put on a pro-life debate, the adviser resigned because he disagreed with the viewpoints – and then Young Conservatives of Texas was derecognized," he notes.

According to ADF, when no other faculty member stepped forward to be the sponsor, the college appointed a sponsor – the same official who eventually derecognized the club. No process was provided for appeal.

The lawsuit (Young Conservatives of Texas v. Head), which has now been withdrawn, also claimed Lone Star required all students to pay student activity fees but only allowed student groups that college officials preferred to draw from those funds.

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