Kentucky preacher challenging UT campus speech restrictions

Kentucky preacher challenging UT campus speech restrictions

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CINCINNATI (WATE/AP) - A southern Kentucky evangelical preacher is asking a federal appeals court to strike down the University of Tennessee's requirement that speakers on campus have sponsorship and get the approval of school administrators.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati is scheduled Tuesday to hear arguments from John McGlone of Breeding, Ky., and attorneys for the university. McGlone is challenging the university's requirements as an unconstitutional restriction on free speech.

University officials argue the policies don't violate any of McGlone's rights.

A federal judge in Knoxville dismissed McGlone's challenge in February. U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips concluded that the university's campus access and sponsorship policies are in line with the Constitution.

The same appeals court reversed in April a lower court's dismissal of a similar lawsuit McGlone filed against Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville.

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