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Gay-Straight Alliance groups continue to face opposition

There are 31 comments on the The Daily Free Press story from Feb 24, 2009, titled Gay-Straight Alliance groups continue to face opposition. In it, The Daily Free Press reports that:

The incessant battle over gay rights in the United States has recently trickled down from the question of whether to grant gay couples the right to marry to whether to grant high school students the right to ...

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equalityboy81

Decatur, GA

#21 Mar 4, 2009
YHS student: Club to curb 'bullying'

http://www.fbnewsleader.com/articles/2009/03/...
equalityboy81

Decatur, GA

#22 Mar 4, 2009
a concerned parent

Jacksonville, FL

#23 Mar 4, 2009
If you truely want equality and no "special" treatment or rights - just "equal" rights - then why should you have your own "special" club??
IF YOU REALLY want to teach kids about tolerance and understanding -- then why not a club like -- STUDENTS FOR TOLERANCE!! Then we could help these kids learn how to get along with everyone --Black, white, Asian, Hispanic etc... Rich or Poor, Athlete or Geek, popular or not -- and yes even straight or gay!!! Wouldn't this be a much more important endevor???? Nassau county school district has so much violence in it's schools (especially middle & high schools) I think a club that helped children learn about peoples differences, learned RESPECT for other human beings (whether you agree with their choices or not) taught them understanding would be WELL WORTH THE EFFORT and much more BENEFICIAL than LIMITING it to JUST a gay/straight alliance.
equalityboy81

United States

#24 Mar 5, 2009
a concerned parent wrote:
If you truely want equality and no "special" treatment or rights - just "equal" rights - then why should you have your own "special" club??
IF YOU REALLY want to teach kids about tolerance and understanding -- then why not a club like -- STUDENTS FOR TOLERANCE!! Then we could help these kids learn how to get along with everyone --Black, white, Asian, Hispanic etc... Rich or Poor, Athlete or Geek, popular or not -- and yes even straight or gay!!! Wouldn't this be a much more important endevor???? Nassau county school district has so much violence in it's schools (especially middle & high schools) I think a club that helped children learn about peoples differences, learned RESPECT for other human beings (whether you agree with their choices or not) taught them understanding would be WELL WORTH THE EFFORT and much more BENEFICIAL than LIMITING it to JUST a gay/straight alliance.
First off, it's not a choice to be gay, one is born that way. Why in the world would someone choose all the bigotry to deal with that comes along with being gay? Yes, they should have a tolerance club but there is nothing wrong with having one called Gay-Straight Alliance which names gays and straights in it's title.

It went to court today. My friend told me it was on the news and that the school board's attorney said they would consider letting the club happen but it could not have the word GAY in it. What's the big deal? Do they think kids don't know what gay means?

They have the Fellowship of Christian Athletes so they should allow a gay/straight club too. Not allowing a gay-straight alliance violates the federal Equal Access Act and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. No one is telling anyone they have to like or accept gays. They also have to allow a club for any religion that wants one as well, even non-Christian religions.

But yes, there should ALSO be a tolerance club to cover it all.
equalityboy81

United States

#25 Mar 5, 2009
2 Fla. students challenge school's gay club ruling

http://www.connpost.com/ci_11843973
equalityboy81

United States

#26 Mar 5, 2009
equalityboy81

United States

#27 Mar 5, 2009
equalityboy81

United States

#28 Mar 5, 2009
http://www.gayagenda.com/tag/gay-straight-all...

https://www.edline.net/pages/Nassau_County_Sc...

Florida School Sues for Gay-Straight Alliance
February 11, 2009 by James Hipps · Leave a Comment

A federal law suit has been filed by two Florida high school students and the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida after the school refused the students request to start a gay-straight alliance..

Hannah Page, a freshman, and Jacob Brock, a junior at Yulee High School claim the school has violated their First Amendment rights and the Federal Equal Access Act, which requires schools grant access and recognition to a Gay-Straight Alliance and other groups if the school allows any extracurricular group to meet on school property.

ACLU attorney Robert F. Rosenwald is also seeking a preliminary injunction which would allow the club to meet on campus as the case awaits trial.

Hanna Page stated the group wants to have meetings as other clubs are permitted.

“We just want the club so that straight and gay kids can get together to talk about harassment and discrimination against gay kids in an open environment. The school is discriminating against us and that’s exactly the kind of thing we want to prevent.”

However, Nassau county’s homophobic superintendent, John L. Ruis, stated in a letter he wrote to the ACLU attorney that,

“A club highlighting sexual orientations will not be permitted as it would violate school board policy.”

The school board refused comment about how the club would violate policy and I was unable to locate anywhere on the school board’s website that such a group would be against policy, or better yet, how it would violate policy, but the site did however include the following:

NASSAU COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
MISSION AND VALUES

OUR MISSION:
Our mission is to develop each student as an inspired
life-long learner and problem-solver
with the strength of character
to serve as a productive member of society.

OUR CORE VALUES:
We believe that:
• all people have intrinsic worth.

• all people are responsible for their actions.

• effective relationships are developed and maintained
through mutual respect, trust, and communication.

• the higher the expectations, the higher the performance.

• everyone can learn and that life-long learning is essential
for individuals and communities to thrive.

• the role of family is critical
in the moral development of an individual.
• strength of character is essential
to making quality life choices.

• the community is strengthened
when the potential of each person is developed.

A similar law suit, that cost the Okeechobee County School Board over $325,000 in legal fees , the students won as the judge in that case ruled schools must provide for the well-being all students, including gay students and not allowing a Gay-Straight Alliance is discrimination.
equalityboy81

United States

#29 Mar 5, 2009
The ACLU Sues a Florida School District Over Gay-Straight Alliance

http://www.topix.com/city/yulee-fl/2009/02/th...

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/on-education/2009...
equalityboy81

United States

#30 Mar 5, 2009
Judge Hears Gay-Straight Alliance Lawsuit Arguments

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/news...
equalityboy81

United States

#31 Mar 5, 2009

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