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High Court Mulls Speech Rights And More

Publication Date: 
March 30, 2010
USA Today
Joan Biskupic

Professor Michael McConnell is quoted on the Christian Legal Society Chapter of University of California Hastings College of Law v. Martinez case to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 19, 2010. Joan Biskupic of USA Today filed this story:

Larry Stickney speaks passionately as he tries to explain why the names of people who signed a 2009 Washington state ballot measure against gay rights should be kept secret.

"I had been in the political game for 16 years, but we had no idea the viciousness that we would come under," says Stickney, a former state legislative aide, active opponent of abortion rights and campaign manager for Protect Marriage Washington, who now is involved in a major free-speech case that will come before the U.S. Supreme Court next month.


"The shift in the nature of the free-speech plaintiffs has been going on for some time," adds Stanford law professor Michael McConnell, who represents a group of Christian students in a separate case.

The students are challenging a decision by a California state law school to deny their group campus privileges because it excludes gay men and lesbians. "It has to do with who has power," McConnell says. "Certainly universities and a lot of state and local governments are dominated by leftists."