Dispatches from the Creation Wars

8th Circuit Upholds GSA Club

Yet another appeals court, this time the 8th circuit, has upheld the Equal Access Act requirement that public high schools must allow the formation of Gay Straight Alliance clubs. This one involved the Osseo School District in Minnesota, which refused to recognize a student group called Straights and Gays for Equality (SAGE). The district court issued a preliminary injunction ordering the school to give the club equal recognition with other non-curricular student groups pending the outcome of the case, a strong sign that the plaintiffs were likely to win the case. The school appealed that preliminary injunction and now the 8th circuit has upheld that injunction (see ruling here). The school district, foolishly, still thinks it can win and is going to continue to argue the case in the district court.

Comments

  1. #1 DuWayne
    December 26, 2006

    The higher the courts it goes, the better to set precedence, right? I mean, this is a stupid move on the part of the school district, sucks for their tax payers and students, but it’s good for everyone else.

  2. #2 Russell Miller
    December 26, 2006

    It just amazes me that some people hate gays so much that they’ll be willing to do anything and everything, and spare no expense, to keep them as second class citizens.

    I work with two gay guys myself. I don’t care what they do when they get home. It’s none of my business.

    (That’s two gay guys just in my row of six cubes!)