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ACLU, conservative group team up on anti-gay T-shirt case

by PageOneQ

"It's not every day that the liberal American Civil Liberties Union finds itself on the same side with the conservative Alliance Defense Fund," quips Fox's Brit Hume.

The ACLU has filed a brief on behalf of former student Heidi Zamecnik of Illinois in her lawsuit against Indian Prairie District 204. During the 2006 GSA-sponsored National Day of Silence, Zamecnik wore a T-shirt, reading "Be Happy, Not Gay," in protest. She was told to remove the shirt or leave, with some students and faculty calling it offensive.

"First," says an ACLU press release, "the school's speech policy is unlawful on its face, because it broadly prohibits all speech that disparages protected classes, rather than carefully distinguishing protected speech from unprotected harassment."

"Second," it continues, "the school last spring should have allowed two students on one day to wear the 'Be happy, not gay' T-shirts."

The Alliance Defense Fund will continue the effort to suspend the school policy, pending a decision in the outstanding suit.

The following clip was broadcast on Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume on February 20, 2008.


Originally published on Thursday February 21, 2008.

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