Iowa Community College To Pay $14,000 To Settle Free Speech Lawsuit

DMACC's urban Des Moines campus. (image via school's Web site)

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By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa community college will pay nearly $14,000 to settle a free-speech lawsuit filed by a student who was barred from distributing fliers criticizing a conference on gay youth.

Des Moines Area Community College had already pledged to no longer enforce a policy that required students to distribute literature at a table in the student center and to get permission 10 days in advance.

In documents filed Tuesday, the college agreed to pay Jacob Dagel $100 and cover attorneys' fees of $13,700 to end the case without admitting wrongdoing. Dagel was represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative group.

Dagel filed suit after he was barred by a security guard from distributing fliers that criticized the college for subsidizing a March conference on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered youth.

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