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ADF attorneys appeal decision upholding censorship of high school students

Judge denied student’s right to wear T-shirt to school with message: “Be Happy, Not Gay”

CHICAGO — Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund have appealed a federal judge’s decision in a lawsuit against Indian Prairie School District officials.  The judge denied a request for a temporary injunction that would have allowed a student to wear a T-shirt to school with the message “Be Happy, Not Gay” while his lawsuit moves forward in court.

“Christian students don’t sacrifice their constitutional right to free speech once they enter the schoolhouse door,” said ADF Senior Counsel Nate Kellum.  “The First Amendment protects all speech, not just what’s popular or ‘politically correct.’  These students suffered unlawful discrimination simply because school officials did not like their sincerely-held religious views regarding homosexual behavior.”

On Aug. 27, ADF attorneys filed a motion asking the court to stop school officials, who censored the T-shirt, from prohibiting student Alexander Nuxoll from wearing the shirt while the lawsuit proceeds.  ADF attorneys had originally filed the lawsuit on behalf of another student, Heidi Zamecnik, who had worn a similar T-shirt the year before, only to have it censored by school officials.

“We hope that this appeal will result in greater protections for the First Amendment rights of all students in the school district,” Kellum said.

ADF is a legal alliance defending the right to hear and speak the Truth through strategy, training, funding, and litigation.