Orange Co. School Board Reverses Decision to Ban Gay Club

In an effort to settle a lawsuit filed by two El Modena High School students, the Orange County School District in California plans to reverse its December 1999 decision to ban a club that would give students a forum on school property where they could discuss gay issues, such as homophobia and discrimination. The students sued, stating the board had violated the Equal Access Act, which prevents federally funded public schools from banning certain noncircular clubs while allowing others. The School Board is expected to modify the rules regarding clubs so that all student organizations, from the football team to the a cappella choir, will be prohibited from talking about sexual activity.


AP _ September 6, 2000

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