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02:50  16 november  2019
02:50  16 november  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Interstate Printing cited its religious beliefs in refusing to print a University of South Alabama student magazine Due South, which included LGBTQ stories. The email also stated that the company had been working with the University of South Alabama for more than 40 years and hoped to continue

A Mobile printing company has refused to print an University of South Alabama magazine on religious grounds. Interstate Printing has been printing Due South magazine since 2012, according to Boone. Boone said the special edition contained stories about LGBTQ students and drag queens

a group of people posing for a photo: The cover of Due South's latest magazine, which Interstate Publishing declined to print.© Courtesy of Sara Boone The cover of Due South's latest magazine, which Interstate Publishing declined to print.

Due South, a student publication at the University of South Alabama, has been printed by local business Interstate Printing since 2012. However, when the magazine's editor-in-chief, Sara Boone, sent over the latest issue for printing, she received an unexpected response.

"After reviewing the subject matter of the 2019 Fall edition of Due South, we must respectfully decline to print this issue of the publication," Tracey Smith, a spokesperson for Interstate Printing, wrote in an email addressed to Boone that was provided to NBC News. "As the magazine expresses freedom of lifestyles, we must express our freedom by declining to print on the principle that we are a Christian company that does not adhere to the content."

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Citing their religious beliefs, a printing company in Alabama refused to print an issue of a college magazine because it contains content about LGBTQ people and drag queens. Due South magazine is a student publication at the University of South Alabama , and they approached Interstate Printing

A company in Alabama refused to print the diversity and inclusion issue of a student magazine , citing religious beliefs. Due South is the student-run lifestyle magazine at the University of South Alabama that has been in circulation since 2012. But it wasn’t until the publication put together its first

The email also stated that the company had been working with the University of South Alabama for more than 40 years and hoped to continue working with the school on other projects.

Boone said the diversity-themed issue was replete with a mix of different stories about the campus community, featuring writing about race, body positivity, disability, religion and LGBTQ issues. She believes Interstate's refusal to print the issue was due to its LGBTQ content.

"Initially I was shocked. It never crossed my mind that we'd have an issue with the company," Boone, 21, said. "I wrote back to let them know that I wished that would have been something they disclosed on their website and that we would be using a different printing company in the future."

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A company is refusing to publish the diversity issue of the University of South Alabama ' s magazine because they say the lifestyles featured are opposed to their Christian values. Interstate Printing said they were "respectfully declining" to publish the issue, which included stories on transgender persons

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Interstate Printing, which did not respond to NBC News' request for comment, states on its company website that it is a Christian organization that "will serve the Lord God Almighty in any way we can," but did not expound on its religious beliefs, or otherwise indicate that it will not print specific content.

"This is more than having personal beliefs," Boone said. "This is actively discriminating against a group of people and trying to silence their stories."

The University of South Alabama's administration has commended its students for honoring their principles, but hopes this situation can foster "constructive dialogue" among those with "differing perspectives."

"The University of South Alabama is committed to the principles of freedom of expression and the exchange of different points of view. We respect our students for having the courage of their convictions," Bob Lowery, the school's director of communications and media, wrote in an emailed statement. "At the same time, we also respect the rights of individuals and private businesses to make decisions that are consistent with their values."

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Because Due South's editorial team planned to launch their latest edition Nov. 20, they needed to act quickly to find a new printing company. Luckily, once the community discovered the situation with Interstate Printing, five local companies swooped in, offering their services so the magazine could be released as originally planned, Boone said.

"We're not trying to convert people's beliefs. People can do what they want; they can read the stories or not," Boone said. "But I know what these stories are worth."

"We are the voice of the University of South Alabama students and the people in our community," she added.

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