Group challenges pro-gay diversity training in Kentucky schools
February 18 2005 1:00 AM ET
A religious liberty group has filed suit in an attempt to stop the Boyd County school district in Kentucky from requiring students to attend diversity training. Alliance Defense Fund filed the lawsuit in U.S. district court in Ashland on Tuesday, saying the mandatory training is unconstitutional. "The Supreme Court is clear on this matter: Americans have an absolute right to their beliefs. This training obviously crosses that constitutional line," said Kevin Theriot, an attorney for the Arizona-based group.
Theriot said all middle and high school students in Boyd County schools are required to attend the training. School policies and practice, he said, do not permit parents to opt their children out, even if it violates their personal beliefs and morality. The school district began offering the training in the wake of another lawsuit filed against the Boyd County board of education by the Boyd County High School Gay-Straight Alliance, which has since disbanded. Kim McCann, attorney for the school district, could not be reached for comment. (AP)