Lawsuit claims liberal bias at Cal State San Marcos

Posted at 6:59 PM, May 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-19 21:59:36-04

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (KGTV) - In her four years at Cal State San Marcos, Natalie Ibanez says she's always felt like it's a place where all ideas are welcome.

"They're open to everyone, they're not just open to a certain kind of group."

The local on-campus chapter of Students For Life, a group nationally opposed to abortion, says their views have not been so welcome.

"It should concern all taxpayers that more and more colleges and universities are essentially telling a generation that the constitution doesn't matter," said Tyson Langhofer. 

Langhofer is the attorney representing the students in a lawsuit filed against the University alleging viewpoint discrimination. 

Langhofer says just two organizations on campus alone, the LGBTQA Pride and the Gender Equity Center, together receive $300,000 a year, funded by student activity fees.

When Students For Life requested $500 for a conservative speaker who was going to talk about 'abortion and human equality,' he says they were denied.

"It's outrageous for any University to force students to pay for any views they disagree with while denying students the right to present an opposing view," said Langhofer. 

He says the school told the group they don't pay for speaker's fees, but money given to the other organizations did go to liberal voices. 

10News reached out to Cal State San Marcos for comment, we have not heard back.