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Gay Rights Group Planning to Protest at BYU Thursday

Gay Rights Group Planning to Protest at BYU Thursday

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Sam Penrod Reporting A gay advocacy group has arrived in Utah and is preparing for a demonstration at BYU. BYU, which is owned by the LDS Church, is the latest stop for the organization which is protesting Christian colleges which they say discriminate against homosexuals. It's scheduled to happen this Thursday at BYU.

The group known as SoulForce plans to demonstrate on campus, and that will likely lead to them being arrested for trespassing.

Gay Rights Group Planning to Protest at BYU Thursday

BYU officials say the group won't run into trouble with the university as long as it stays on public property.

"We have communicated with SoulForce in writing before the group's tour even began that the organization would not be welcome on our campus based on the group's behavior last year, where they were in clear violation of our policies," BYU spokesperson Carri Jenkins told KSL.

Last April when SoulForce came to BYU's campus, 29 protestors were arrested and escorted off of the campus. The organization travels around the country and holds protests, primarily at religious colleges and universities which they say discriminate against gay lifestyles.

"Individuals and organizations can't come onto our campus and hold a demonstration or use our campus for a public forum. We made this very clear in writing with SoulForce," said Jenkins. "But from the very beginning they made it clear to us that their intent was to hold a demonstration that would result in arrests."

Gay Rights Group Planning to Protest at BYU Thursday

A press release issued by the groups says, "The primary goal of the SoulForce Equality Ride visit to the BYU community is to end the suffering of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth, using dialogue and discussion to increase understanding about their experiences on campus."

The group plans to march around campus for several hours on Thursday. Again, BYU says no action will be taken as long as they stay off of campus, but both sides are expecting the protest will lead to some arrests.

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