According to an article from The Union-Tribune (San Diego), a federal judge has ruled in favor of high school administrators who disallowed student Tyler Chase Harper (who has now graduated, although his sister, Kelsie Harper, is still at the school) from wearing an anti-gay T-shirt during the Alliance Defense Fund’s “Day of Truth” anti-gay/ex-gay rip-off of GLSEN’s Day of Silence project.
The case started when Tyler Harper (pictured right, now the “poster child” of the “Day of Truth”) wore a T-shirt to school which, in part, stated “Homosexuality is shameful.”
U.S. District Judge John A. Houston ruled that the case became moot when Tyler Chase Harper graduated from Poway High School last year, but agreed to consider the issues as they affected his sister, Kelsie Harper, still a student.
Houston then relied on an earlier appeals court decision in the case to find that the school’s actions didn’t infringe on students’ rights of free speech, free exercise of religion, nor were they hostile to a particular religious viewpoint.
He cited that decision, which found that schools have a responsibility to stop harassment on the basis of sexual orientation because it “adversely affects the rights of public high school students.”
That 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices are scheduled to decide whether they will consider the case in three weeks.
You can read the actual court decision (thanks to The Union-Tribune) right here (PDF file).
Catch up on past posts on the “Day of Truth” and Day of Silence here.
This year’s Day of Silence promoting awareness and attention to anti-LGBT prejudice, discrimination and harassment is on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 (more info). The reactionary, anti-gay “Day of Truth” will be held immediately thereafter, on Thursday, April 19, 2007 (more info).
UPDATE: Pictured below are the front and back sides of the T-shirt Harper wore… the T-shirt which started this whole mess: