Jonathan Lopez, a student at Los Angeles City College (LACC), delivered in the fall of 2008 an informative speech to his Speech 101 class on a topic of his choosing. Lopez chose to speak about Christianity, God, and how he has witnessed God’s actions in his life and others. He referenced verses from the Bible and read the definition of marriage from a dictionary—defining it to be the union between man and woman. Lopez’s professor stopped him mid-speech, called him a “fascist bastard,” and refused to let him finish.

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