LGBT school group obtains injunction and may promote activities

PENDLETON, Indiana (AP) – An LGBT student support group at an Indiana high school won a court ruling on Wednesday that will allow them to raise funds and promote meetings.

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 violated along with other laws.

The Pendleton Heights principal had banned the group from advertising on school notice 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 in the school.

The group is “susceptible to irreparable harm” without injunction, Sweeney said.

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

The Gay-Straight Alliance “is asking for special access,” lawyers for the South Madison Community School Corp. said.

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