April 24, 2008

Opinion and gay rights

The third time was the charm for a Neuqua Valley High School student who wants to express his sentiments on homosexuality by wearing a "Be Happy, Not Gay" T-shirt to class. Neuqua sophomore Alex Nuxoll had twice filed for an injunction that would suspend "the school's policy that allows speech in favor of homosexual conduct, but bans speech critical of homosexual conduct," according to his attorneys at the Alliance Defense Fund.

And twice courts had denied that request. But on Wednesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit reversed the lower courts' rulings against Nuxoll, saying the district court must order Neuqua to suspend its ban on the shirt while the civil rights lawsuit filed by Nuxoll and Neuqua grad Heidi Zamecnik proceeds.

I think we have the right to express our opinion about any topic, but we must tolerate others and respect their right to exist in a different way.

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