Freedom of speech is the right of every American, but where is the line drawn when it comes to a person in a position of power showing support for what some might call a controversial cause?

That's the question a board of trustees is facing at a community college in New Jersey.

Dr. Felicia Nace is in hot water after publicly speaking at a Straight Pride Parade in Boston. She sits on the board of trustees for Raritan Valley Community College and her involvement in the parade is not sitting well with some students and faculty.

"She's sending out a message that it's OK to have an anti-education, anti-LGBTQ perspective that it's just another opinion that it's just another matter of choice," said associate professor Michael Bondhus.

Super Happy Fun America is the organization that held the parade, and believes "straight people are an oppressed majority." Some argue that view is homophobic and not representative of the inclusive values that the college embraces and want her to resign.

"You choose to hide behind words such as freedom of speech while ignoring the fact that the people you denigrate do not get to enjoy such freedom," a student said.

Not all agree.

At a board meeting Tuesday night a number of people exercised their First Amendment right in support of Dr. Nace, some calling the controversy a double standard.

"If Dr. Nace had spoken at a gay pride parade and in support of the LGBTQ community and life style, no one would have batted an eye," one supporter said.

Dr. Nace believes her stance on straight pride is part of our diverse culture and is being threatened.

"Diversity is a part of our mission statement and that means being inclusive of everyone and I think that's a lesson that all of us can learn," Nace said.

She says she has no intention of stepping down.   

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