A group of American high school students has won court ruling he right to wear a T-shirt with an anti-gay slogan. The court ruled that the students could wear the T-shirt as they should be allowed to express their beliefs.
The shirt beared the slogan “be happy, not gay”, was worn to school by Heidi Zamecnik on a day to promote tolerance for homosexuals in 2006. The dean of the school requested that she change it.
The court claimed a school that permits advocacy of the rights of homosexuals could not be allowed to stifle criticism of homosexuality. It added that people in society do not have the legal right to prevent criticism of their beliefs of their way of life.
It was ruled that wearing of anti-gay slogans was permitted if the school could not prove the action would cause a disruption. Two of the school’s students went to the court to argue the school could not ban negative comments against members of the group if they were not breaching the peace.
One of the students, Kate Nellum said that Christian students shouldn’t be discriminated against for expressing their views.
Alex Nuxoll, another student at the school, wanted to wear a similar T-shirt. He had twice filed for an injunction that would overturn the school’s policy.