Triumphs and Setbacks of Gay Straight Alliances
BY Jeffrey Hartinger
August 01 2011 6:40 PM ET
2006: The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed a motion to allow students at Okeechobee High School to meet for their GSA club, which was formed the year before. The school had an “abstinence-only” policy for sex education curriculum, which school officials claimed would be violated if they allowed the club to meet.
Update: In July 2008, a Florida federal court ruled that the state must allow GSAs to meet. The judge, K. Michael Moore, stated that GSAs do not interfere with abstinence-only education and that schools must provide for the well-being of LGBT students, which made Florida the first state in the nation to take this progressive stance.