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Let them in



All the Gay-Straight Alliance wanted was the same access to Okeechobee High School that other clubs had. It took the Florida ACLU's intervention and a federal court case to get it. Today, U.S. District Judge Michael Moore ordered the school to let the club in - at least for the duration of the case. To read the order, click here. According to the ACLU, the ruling is a first because it states that the Gay-Straight Alliance is not by definition a sex-based club, which was part of the rationale for keeping it off campus. (The school has an abstinence-only policy, you see.) Read the ACLU's news release here.

Anyhow, the kids who started the club are overjoyed.  "I am so glad that we're going to be allowed to meet on campus just like kids in other clubs already do," club president Yasmin Gonzalez said in a news release. "Even though I am graduating this year, I now know that by standing up to intolerance today, future students at OHS will benefit from a more open environment and not have to endure the same treatment from our school in the future."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:16am]


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