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US Court Tosses Suit Over Free Speech At LA College

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SAN FRANCISCO(AP) — A federal appeals court has tossed out the
lawsuit of a California community college student who claimed that a teacher illegally berated him in class for making a speech opposing same-sex marriage.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday unanimously overturned a lower court decision allowing Los Angeles City College student Jonathan Lopez’ case to go forward.

A three-judge panel says Lopez failed to show he was harmed by the incident days after California voters in November 2008 enacted Proposition 8 a ban on gay marriages.

Lopez alleged that speech instructor John Matteson cut him off midway through his oration when he quoted a dictionary definition of marriage and recited a pair of Bible verses. He said Matteson
also called him a “fascist bastard.”

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