Students in South Korea on Thursday (18 July) won a court case against their university after it punished them for wearing rainbow clothing. Local media have reported that the Seoul Eastern District Court ruled the Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary (PUTS) must nullify punishments and pay the students’ legal fees. In July last year, PUTS handed four students punishments including suspension from classes for a ‘rainbow stunt’. To mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia (IDAHOT) 2018, eight students wore rainbow clothing to chapel. They wanted to show support for LGBT people. They also shared photos on social media. The event caused a massive backlash in conservative, majority-Christian South Korea and the Presbyterian Church was worried it could be seen as endorsing homosexuality. On Thursday, the court ruled there was ‘procedural defect’ in the university’s reason for punishing the students.
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