ACLU sues over gays

by on December 13th, 2003

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a Colorado high school because of its refusal to recognize the Palmer High Gay-Straight Alliance.

As a result, the group may not meet on school property on the same terms as other groups, cannot post club information at the school and is omitted from the school’s yearbook.

But the school plainly states that any school clubs not involved with school curriculum will not be recognized by the Colorado school.

Elaine Naleski, the district’s spokeswoman . . . said a district policy in place since 1995 does not recognize groups that do not have a direct link to curriculum.

Apparently, rules are rules, and we shouldn’t have to break them for anyone, gays or otherwise. However, the ACLU alleges that the club is being denied their equal rights access by the school district. And I agree. Based on the 1984 Equal Access Act, schools may not deny access to school groups just because they are not class-related. Consistency is the name of the game, and the school district is wrong here.

Etalkinghead Staff