Calif. court states gay slurs not protected speech

A California appeals court ruled threats posted on a student's Web site isn't protected speech, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
A California court ruled anti-gay hate speech is not protected speech. (Courtesy of Teach-ICT.com)

A California appeals court ruled anti-gay threats posted on a student’s Web site are not protected by the First Amendment, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The appellate court, in a 2-1 vote, stated the language of the posts contained a harmful intent, which is not protected by free speech laws, the article continued.

After finding the posts on his Web site, the 15-year-old boy whose Web site was targeted’s family moved him to an undisclosed location in Northern California as a result of the presumed threats.

For the original San Francisco Chronicles article, click here.

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