Mississippi College: Gay rights group can't stop on campus

Published: Mar. 21, 2007 at 7:15 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 26, 2007 at 4:18 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi College officials say a gay-rights group can't stop at its Clinton campus tomorrow (Thursday).

Soulforce is on a bus tour to Christian colleges to press for equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Mississippi College vice president of Christian development, Eric Pratt, says the college has talked to the group over the past several months and decided Soulforce would not be welcome on campus.

He said that decision was made after Soulforce members wouldn't agree to abide by campus rules for visitors. One of the Soulforce coordinators, 23-year-old Michael Ide from Picayune, says the group will have a news conference near the campus tomorrow morning and then have a "civil disobedience" action.

He wouldn't elaborate.

Several Soulforce Equality Riders were arrested last week during two days of protests at Oklahoma Baptist University.

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