COLLEGE NEWSPAPER DEFIES BAN ON GAY ADS

By: Staff reports

Notre Dame President Banned Ads

Defying an administrative ban, the newspaper at the University of Notre Dame published a gay student group’s ad, reported the South Bend Tribune yesterday.

‘This was not an attempt to force a confrontation but an attempt to follow our policy,’ said Editor in Chief Michelle Krupa.

The Friday edition of the student newspaper, Observer, ran a quarter-page ad for OUTreach ND, a group for gay, lesbian, and bisexual students.
Krupa told the Tribune that the ad passed the paper’s policy that prohibits advertising that is deceptive, offensive, or promotes illegal activity.
The university president, the Rev. Edward A. Malloy, sent a written directive to the Observer in August stating that gay and lesbian group ads could not be published. The university does not recognize such groups.

Malloy told faculty earlier this month that the university is legally the publisher of the student newspaper, and thus, has the right to reject advertising.

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Staff reports




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