Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Oct 9, 2020 / 13:00 pm
A federal court ruled on Friday that Florida State University (FSU) must pay the Catholic former leader of the student senate who was removed in June for comments he made about Church teaching and anti-racist groups.
Jack Denton, the former president of the FSU student senate, was removed from his position by fellow senators in June over comments of his in a private GroupMe chat forum for Catholic university students which were subsequently circulated to a member of the senate.
Denton had expressed concerns that policy positions of certain groups, such as the ACLU and BlackLivesMatter.com, contradicted Church teaching on abortion, marriage, sexuality, and policing, and cautioned students to be aware of those positions before they donated to the groups.
He was subsequently accused of transphobia and racism by fellow students and, after a first vote of no-confidence in him failed, he was removed in another vote of the student senate on June 5.