Jason Roberts was a law student at Texas Tech University Law School. In May 2003, he filed a grounds use request application for a speech event to discuss his views about the immorality and health risks associated with homosexuality. Texas Tech denied his request and explained that such speech is “more appropriate” for the small, designated “free speech gazebo” on Texas Tech’s campus. Texas Tech also had a speech code. ADF attorneys filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on June 12, 2003.
WIN. The district court permanently enjoined enforcement of the policies that required a permit before speaking and the speech code, holding them facially unconstitutional.
This case resulted in a published decision that can be used as precedent to challenge similar policies and speech codes at other colleges and universities.
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