Ohio School District Relents, Allows “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe” T-Shirt

I blogged last month about the school district’s refusal to allow the shirt; “the message communicated by the student’s T-shirt,” the district argued, “was sexual in nature and therefore indecent and inappropriate in a school setting.” The student sued on First Amendment grounds, and Lambda Legal reports that the district has settled; here are the key terms:

2. The Defendants are enjoined from prohibiting Plaintiff Maverick Couch from wearing the “Jesus Is Not A Homophobe” T-shirt, which is more fully described in paragraph 7 of Plaintiff’s Complaint. Plaintiff is expressly permitted to wear the “Jesus Is Not A Homophobe” T-shirt to school when he chooses….

4. Defendants are ordered to pay damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, in the amount of $20,000 to Plaintiff on or before July 5, 2012.

Thanks to my coblogger Jonathan Adler for the pointer.

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