Idaho U. Pays $90K to Settle Free Speech Lawsuit with Christian Group

The University of Idaho will pay $90,000 to settle lawsuit filed by three Christian students and a professor hit with no-contact order after supporting traditional marriage.

From Washington Examiner:

The settlement, disclosed this week, resolves a lawsuit filed by Peter Perlot, Mark Miller, and Ryan Alexander, who are part of the Christian Legal Society, and their faculty adviser Richard Seamon in April after the university issued them a no-contact order for engaging with a law student who questioned why the group required members to maintain that marriage is between one man and one woman.

“Today’s university students will be tomorrow’s leaders, judges, and school administrators, so it’s imperative that university officials model the First Amendment freedoms they are supposed to be teaching their students,” Tyson Langhofer, the director of the Alliance Defending Freedom's Center for Academic Freedom, said in a press release. "We’re pleased to settle this case favorably on behalf of Peter, Mark, Ryan, and Professor Seamon, and we hope that it will encourage all public universities across the country to support the constitutionally protected freedom of students and professors to share their deeply held beliefs on campus."

The university had issued a no-contact order against the group after a law student asked the students why the Christian Legal Society required its officers to assert that marriage must be between a man and a woman. According to the lawsuit, Perlot gave the law student a handwritten note offering to discuss the topic further, while the student condemned the group's religious beliefs during a public panel with the American Bar Association.