In the fall of 2001, the Pro-Life Cougars, a student group at the University of Houston, invited an organization called Justice for All (JFA) to participate in an outdoor pro-life display on campus. The University refused to allow JFA’s exhibit on the main part of campus because it found the pro-life message (with pictures of babies at various stages of development) to be “potentially disruptive” according to University policy. University officials would only allow the exhibit to take place on the fringes of campus. ADF attorneys filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on January 22, 2002.
WIN. The district court granted the students a preliminary injunction against the policy. Later it granted summary judgment for the students and entered a permanent injunction against the policy, which it said violated the First Amendment.
This case resulted in a published decision that can be used as precedent to challenge similar content-based speech policies at other colleges and universities.
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