LGBT school group gets injunction and can promote activities



PENDLETON, Ind. (AP) — A group supporting LGBT students at an Indiana high school won a court ruling on Wednesday that will allow it to raise funds and promote reunions.

U.S. District Judge James Sweeney II granted a preliminary injunction in favor of the Pendleton Heights Gay-Straight Alliance at Pendleton Heights High School.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of the group in September, arguing that its free speech rights were being violated along with other laws.

The Pendleton Heights principal had banned the group from advertising on school bulletin boards or anywhere else on school property, according to the lawsuit.

The judge said the Gay-Straight Alliance should have the same benefits as other clubs at the school.

The group is “likely to suffer irreparable harm” without an injunction, Sweeney said.

In a court filing, the school argued that its afternoon notice boards and announcements should be limited to groups whose activities are “directly related to the school’s curriculum.”

The Gay-Straight Alliance “requests special access,” attorneys for the South Madison Community School Corp said.

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