Campus freedom of speech bill heading to Governor Reynolds

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DES MOINES (KCRG) -- A bill to strengthen free speech rights on college campuses is heading to the governor's desk. The House passed it Thursday after the Senate approved it earlier in the week.

The bill is a response to the University of Iowa's decision to remove the group, "Business Leaders in Christ," from campus. The group had refused to allow a gay student to serve in a leadership position because of the group's statement of faith, which opposes gay marriage.

Supporters say the bill protects all student organizations from public universities discriminating against them because of their beliefs.