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Lawyer Trevor Helmers fulfilled with customers of the Marshall College Board on Monday, and introduced a settlement arrangement in the lawsuit filed against Marshall General public Colleges in link with a rainbow LGBTQ delight flag shown at Marshall Center Faculty. Board members permitted the settlement agreement, which includes a condition that the flag exhibit at MMS be taken down.

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MARSHALL — Members of the Marshall University Board approved a settlement agreement in a federal lawsuit over a rainbow LGBTQ delight flag hung in the Marshall Center Faculty cafeteria past 12 months.

In a assertion launched Monday afternoon, Marshall Community Educational institutions claimed the district doesn’t admit any wrongdoing in the circumstance, and no revenue will be compensated to the anxious citizens team suing the university district. Having said that, as part of the situations of the arrangement, the district will just take down the rainbow flag and other flags in the cafeteria.

The lawsuit was submitted in April, about a 12 months following Marshall residents attended packed school board conferences to talk both for and versus the rainbow flag getting shown. The LGBTQ delight flag was part of a larger sized display screen, alongside with flags of distinct nations — which include the United States — representing the backgrounds of MMS college students.

The lawsuit alleged the college district’s insurance policies on flag shows weren’t “viewpoint neutral.” It also claimed that the district had violated the 1st Amendment rights of a pupil, by confiscating his petition to take down the rainbow flag.

On the other hand, in the phrases of the settlement authorized Monday, the group suing MPS agrees to drop its promises, and the school district asserts that it has adopted the regulation. In addition, MPS agrees to get down the flag exhibit, and incorporate new language to its faculty board policies declaring college students may possibly circulate petitions on college property if the petition does not disrupt school activities like class.

The faculty board introduced a assertion at Monday’s conference stating MPS “has positioned an emphasis on making certain that our college students experience safe and acknowledged, and that all college students know that bullying or harassment will not be tolerated.”

“If there is any good that has appear out of this controversy, it is that our LGBTQ students know that they are welcome, safe and sound and supported in our educational institutions, and this will not adjust,” the statement said.

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