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Galway university society disbanded for homophobic message

The NUIG Legion of Mary society was suspended for its ‘Purity Matters Initiative’.

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A STUDENT SOCIETY at NUI Galway has been suspended following complaints about its alleged homophobic activities.

The NUIG Legion of Mary society provoked a strong reaction with a campaign, called the Purity Matters Initiative, which looked to encourage people to “move beyond the confines of the homosexual label”.

The University Societies Coordination Group met on Tuesday to discuss the matter. Following the meeting, the Students’ Union confirmed the society had been suspended.

“NUI Galway is committed to protecting the liberty and equality of all students and does not condone such behaviour,” the university said in  a statement.

“”NUI Galway has a pluralist ethos and will not condone the production and dissemination of any material by students which discriminates against other students. Discrimination or implied or direct harassment, on the basis of sexual orientation and/or religion, is contrary to Irish and European law.

“The Vice-President for the Student Experience initiated a process of enquiry to review the actions of the Society in question in the context of the University code of conduct, the University policy on harassment and Irish and European equality law.”

The initial poster, that sparked the controversy, advertised an “interior life of chastity” and called on gay men and women to get to know people who shared their concerns.

The Society has already been removed from the university’s website.

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