University shuts down society over 'homophobic' leaflets
Published 06/12/2013 | 02:30
A THIRD-level institution has suspended a college society for alleged homophobic activities, after it distributed leaflets offering to help gay people overcome their attractions.
The National University of Ireland, Galway, suspended the Legion of Mary after controversial leaflets were placed around the campus last week.
The leaflets sparked outrage among the student community, with 70 official complaints made to the Students' Union and college services.
The A4 leaflets, from the Courage Community group, promoted what it described as a Purity Matters Initiative.
A statement on the leaflets said: "I'm a child of God, don't call me gay." The initiative was in conjunction with the NUIG Legion of Mary society, according to the leaflets.
Following a meeting of the University Societies' Co-ordination Group, the decision was taken to immediately suspend the society pending a full inquiry.
A statement from the university said NUIG has a "pluralist ethos" and would not condone the production and dissemination of any material by students that discriminates against other students.
It added that the Legion of Mary society had apologised for any distress caused, adding, "it was not their intention to offend or upset any person or group of people".
A spokesperson for the Legion of Mary said they knew nothing about the activities of the NUIG society. She stressed that the group had no links to the Courage Community or their message.