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Protest At Southern Kentucky University


They call themselves soul force and they go around to religious schools asking for fairer treatment of those with alternative lifestyles.

Wednesday, they protested at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg.

They arrived to see dozens of police and deputy sheriffs waiting to keep them off campus.

University officials say Soulforce rejected reasonable offers to protest in a specific, secure location.

Soulforce's equality riders showed up anyway and were told to gather across the street.

It didn't take long for one member to get arrested. But the accused and the officer who arrested him have different accounts of what happened.

“I could actually feel the tension building the two..I noticed he stepped onto college property, private property which is a no-no today,” Officer Shawn Jackson said.

Jay Reitan of Minnesota says all he did was put his foot on the sidewalk.

Reporter: Have you ever been arrested?
Jay Reitan: Yes, but under much more reasonable circumstances. This is completely unreasonable which will be contested.

Even Annie DeCrescente, a non-gay & non-soulforce member, but a Cumberlands student was taken to jail.

Police say she joined the protest.

Annie DeCrescente: I think I'm going to jail. Because I wouldn't move off the sidewalk.

The group says they're protesting universities that discriminate against gays, lesbians and transgender people.

They're in Williamsburg because of what happened last year with Jason Johnson, who left the school after being disciplined because he announced his homosexuality on a my space site.

School officials say they didn't want to give the group full access to possibly disrupt campus activities.

At least three people were arrested Wednesday morning and charged with trespassing.

They were taken to the Whitley County Jail.


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