Anti-gay activists Bill Whatcott, Peter LaBarbera on trial in Regina

Anti-gay activists Peter LaBarbera and Bill Whatcott were on trial in Regina Thursday, accused of mischief after an incident at the University of Regina in the spring.

Duo charged with mischief following dispute at U of R in spring

Peter LaBarbera, who was charged with mischief following a dispute at the University of Regina during the spring, was picketing outside the courthouse on Thursday morning. (Lauren Golosky/CBC)

Anti-gay activists Peter LaBarbera and Bill Whatcott were on trial for mischief in Regina today after an incident at the University of Regina in the spring.

LaBarbera, a U.S. citizen with a group called Americans for Truth about Homosexuality and Whatcott, a longtime anti-gay crusader in Saskatchewan, got into trouble while distributing literature on the campus.

A university official asked the two to leave.

They refused, police were called and they were taken away in handcuffs.

At their trial today, court heard they were asked to leave the campus because their activities violated the U of R's policy on maintaining a respectful work environment.

In the morning, court was packed with their supporters while the Crown's arguments were presented.

The defence presented evidence in the afternoon.

LaBarbara and his supporters also protested with signs outside the courthouse before proceedings began.

The judge will hand down a decision on Dec. 22.