First Amendment

Ohio High School Student Sues over Right to Wear 'Jesus Is Not a Homophobe' T-Shirt

An Ohio high school student has won a concession in his suit seeking the right to wear a T-shirt that reads, “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe.”

Maverick Couch, 16, will be able to wear the shirt to Waynesville High School on the April 20 Day of Silence to protest the bullying of gay students, report the Associated Press and The shirt has the slogan along with a fish symbol painted in rainbow colors.

Couch’s lawyer, Christopher Clark, says the agreement does not end the lawsuit (PDF) filed Tuesday in Cincinnati federal court, according to “A student’s First Amendment rights are not restricted to one day of the year,” Clark said.

According to Courthouse News Service, the school said it banned the shirt on the ground that it is “sexual in nature and therefore indecent.”

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