Judge: Free speech lawsuit against UMN can proceed

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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 10:12 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge is allowing a former student's free speech lawsuit against the University of New Mexico to proceed.

Monica Pompeo's lawsuit alleges she was ostracized by her professors for making anti-gay remarks in a critique she wrote for a class.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1stToYA ) in Thursday's editions that Chief U.S. District Judge M. Christina Armijo denied the university's request to have the lawsuit dismissed.

Pompeo claims she was kicked out of a class in 2012 for describing lesbianism as perverse in a critique of a lesbian romance film.

Armijo's Sept. 29 order found that Pompeo's claims were enough to make a plausible case that the university violated her First Amendment rights.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com