Group Protests University's Anti-Gay Policy

Wednesday, March 14th 2007, 12:06 pm
By: News On 6

Five members of a group protesting Oklahoma Baptist University's policy prohibiting homosexual activity were arrested for trespassing Wednesday. The members of the group Soulforce Equality Ride came to OBU in Shawnee were arrested when they walked onto the campus and tried to talk to students.

Group spokesman Kyle DeVries says they're protesting what it calls discriminatory policies against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.

DeVries says about two dozen protesters were told they would be arrested when they tried to attend a chapel service on campus. He says five refused and were arrested.

Shawnee Police Chief Bill Mathis says the arrests were peaceful and the five were taken to the Pottawatomie County jail and will likely be released after paying a $69 fine.

In 2006, nine activists were arrested on trespassing complaints at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. To read the story, which was posted on 3/20/2006, click here.