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A New Hampshire father who was arrested in May of 2014, whose conviction for disorderly conduct was pursued by local authorities for seven months after he spoke at a school board meeting, is suing the police for civil rights violations. The father objected to his daughter’s assignment to read a book that “contained graphic descriptions of a violent sexual assault.” His 14-year-old daughter said, “I just watched my father get arrested because he broke the two-minute rule at a Board of Education meeting.” The charges were eventually dropped by a judge but dad William Baer says his lawsuit is as much about stopping the national trend to silence parents as it is about seeking justice for himself. (WND.com, 2-25-15)

In March, Toyota sponsored a “LGBTQ-Friendly Online College Fair,” presented by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. It was focused on helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) students find colleges and universities that are “inclusive and supportive.” The online fair enabled prospective students to ask “recruiters, advisors, and current college students for advice on everything from filling out financial aid forms to which clubs to join on campus.” The fifty participating colleges included Duke, Cal Poly Pomona, San Diego State, Ohio State, and the Univ. of Pennsylvania. (GLSEN.org, 3-19-15)

In a victory for the college, the Supreme Court has “nullified a federal court ruling against the University of Notre Dame on the Health and Human Services contraception mandate and sent it back for reconsideration by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.” The appeals court must now reconsider Notre Dame’s position against providing employees with health care coverage that includes contraceptives, abortion drugs, and sterilization. A university spokesman says, “Notre Dame continues to challenge the federal mandate as an infringement on our fundamental right to the free exercise of our Catholic faith.” (CatholicNewsAgency.com, 3-9-15)