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OH School Sued By Student Will Allow Him To Wear Pro-Gay T-Shirt For One Day Only

The school that threatened to suspend Maverick Couch if he wore a “Jesus Is Not A Homophobe” T-shirt to school has agreed to let him wear it for one day only: April 20, the national Day of Silence, which protests the bullying of LGBT students.

That won’t be enough to stop Couch from proceeding with his lawsuit against the high school, according to the Washington Post.

“We’re glad that Maverick is able to wear his shirt on April 20,” Couch’s attorney, Christopher Clark, said. “However, a student’s First Amendment rights are not restricted to one day of the year — we will continue to fight until Maverick is allowed to express who he is on any day he chooses.”

Clark is an attorney with the civil rights group Lambda Legal, which is assisting Couch in the lawsuit against the school, located 35 miles northeast of Cincinnati.

The school said the shirt was “sexual in nature” and therefore inadmissible, which I imagine will not old up so well in court. After all, the place probably is okay with students wearing chastity rings and “I’m Saving Myself For Marriage” shirts, right?

By:           Evan Mulvihill
On:           Apr 5, 2012
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  • 13 Comments
    • Adrian
      Adrian

      “we will continue to fight until Maverick is allowed to express who he is on any day he chooses.”
      what does that even mean? who is he based on him wearing the mentioned shirt?
      I understand freedom of expression but wearing a shirt that states what Jesus is NOT doesn’t really focus directily on who Maverick IS.

      Apr 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kurt
      Kurt

      Tinker vs. Des Moines Board of Education. This is not new.

      Apr 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • cam
      cam

      “”
      The school that threatened to suspend Maverick Couch if he wore a “Jesus Is Not A Homophobe” T-shirt to school has agreed to let him wear it for one day only”
      _______________________

      Ok women, you can vote…but you can only vote once.

      Apr 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Quentin
      Quentin

      Jesus did not exist.

      Apr 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • scott ny'er
      scott ny'er

      wow. they are so giving. We should all get down on our knees because they let him wear the shirt for 1 freakin’ day. Unbelievable. They are psychos. Hiding behind religion and using it for their twisted bias and thoughts. I can’t stand these types of people.

      Apr 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • miami
      miami

      not sure what hurts my head more the fact that the school is blatantly trampling this guys rights or flat out contradicting themselves just to save grace cause didn’t they say that “the message communicated by the student’s T-shirt is sexual in nature and therefore indecent and inappropriate in a school setting.”

      this ploy is just gonna blow up in there face when they have to answer to why the shirt was allowed on one specific day

      Apr 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael
      Michael

      ka ka ka ka ka f’n boom…

      This is going to blow up in the school’s face. It’s classic they’re only reiterating their homophobia by saying he can wear the shirt only once.

      btw, it’s a bit alarming it appears homophobia is hardly disappearing and is actually seemingly increasing especially by public school officials. Now, gee, why is bullying such a problem???

      Apr 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bipolar Bear
      Bipolar Bear

      If that’s a sexual shirt then there are some furniture store catalogues than need to be reclassified as porn.

      Apr 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Riker
      Riker

      @Kurt: Don’t bother. I made to lengthy posts in the first thread explaining the jurisprudence around this issue, which was handily ignored by the other commenters.

      Apr 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B

      No. 9 · Riker wrote, “@Kurt: Don’t bother. I made to lengthy posts in the first thread explaining the jurisprudence around this issue, which was handily ignored by the other commenters.” It wasn’t ignored … there was simply no need to add anything.

      Apr 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • pozgay
      pozgay

      Absolutely discrimination. This is the reason why I love PozKiss . c0m as a Safe Gay Club for HIV Gay and Gay men with herpes to find Gay relationships and Poz Match.

      Apr 6, 2012 at 12:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • charles coventry
      charles coventry

      Only in the USA could this happen. An intelligent British teenager would know that Jthere is absolutely no evidence that Jesus ever existed. Why doesn’t he select a real person who is or was gay or at least not homophobic?

      Apr 6, 2012 at 10:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B

      No. 12 · charles coventry, said, “only in the USA could this happen. An intelligent British teenager would know that Jthere is absolutely no evidence that Jesus ever existed. Why doesn’t he select a real person who is or was gay or at least not homophobic?”

      The reason is that we have a bunch of religious nuts claiming that their deity hates gays, and the purpose of this tee shirt is to remind them that they don’t even understand their own theology – homosexuality never came up in any direct quote attributed to Jesus in the Bible.

      Apr 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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