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Gay Student May Wear T-shirt to School

Gay Student May Wear T-shirt to School


A gay Ohio teen barred from wearing a t-shirt saying "Jesus Is Not A Homophobe" to school will be allowed to wear the item following the settlement of a lawsuit.

According to the Associated Press, "A judgment agreed to by Maverick Couch and the Waynesville Local School District was entered Monday in federal court in Cincinnati. It allows the teenager to wear the 'Jesus Is Not A Homophobe' T-shirt and says the district must pay $20,000 in damages and court costs."

In April, Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit on behalf of Couch, 16, charging that the Cincinnati-area school district had violated his First Amendment rights. The school principal twice prevented him from displaying the t-shirt and threatened disciplinary action if Couch wore it again.

The Dayton Daily News reported that school officials expressed relief at the conclusion of the lawsuit.

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