Rocks, Flyers, and Chalk Continue Sorority Protests in Laramie
Despite a federal court ruling in favor of a transgender Kappa Kappa Gamma member–and the support of the majority of KKG sisters who voted in favor of Artemis Langford joining the University of Wyoming sorority, oppositional protests are still occurring outside of the KKG house.
Last Thursday evening, Sept. 28, the UW Police Department responded to the house in response to three individuals placing flyers on vehicles, placing message-painted rocks on the ground, and writing in chalk on the sidewalk, demonstrating their disapproval of allowing the transgender woman sorority-sister status.
A UW news release on Friday stated, “The individuals exercised their free speech rights, and no citations were issued.”
However, the flyers placed on vehicles along King Avenue were done without the consent of the owners, “a violation of a city ordinance, and the individuals removed the flyers they had placed,” the release said.
More than 20 painted rocks were removed from the ground and were treated by UWPD as abandoned property. UW employees washed off the sidewalk messages, and because they didn’t permanently deface property, it was not considered criminal conduct.
In August, Wyoming U.S. District Court Judge Alan Johnson dismissed the case six University of Wyoming sorority sisters brought against Kappa Kappa Gamma for allowing Langford into the sorority.
Johnson’s opinion said “The University of Wyoming chapter voted to admit - and, more broadly, a sorority of hundreds of thousands approved - Langford. With its inquiry beginning and ending there, the Court will not define "woman" today.”
To read more about the court’s decision and opinion, visit the story here.
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