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UMass Teaches Lesson on Free Speech; Other Campuses Should Heed It

April 16, 2014

By Joan Vinnochi at The Boston Globe

Free speech can be ugly, but that doesn’t mean it should be silenced — and at the University of Massachusetts, a spokesman said it won’t be.

When UMass Amherst basketball player Derrick Gordon announced he is gay, he made national headlines as the first NCAA Division 1 basketball player to come out. His announcement also triggered a threat from the Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas to travel to UMass to protest the school’s support for him...

Schools: University of Massachusetts – Amherst