School Caves, Lets Gay Kid Wear Banned T-Shirt for Day

Maverick Couch can proclaim 'Jesus Is Not a Homophobe'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2012 12:26 PM CDT
Maverick Couch on Tuesday. Maverick is a gay student whose Ohio high school prohibited him from wearing a T-shirt designed to urge tolerance of gays.   (AP Photo/Lambda Legal)

(Newser) – Maverick Couch fought the man, and the man caved: The 16-year-old gay student, who sued his Ohio school for the right to wear a T-shirt emblazoned with "Jesus Is Not a Homophobe," will be allowed to wear it for a day. But it's a big day: The annual April 20 Day of Silence protests the bullying that gay students often endure. Maverick's lawyer says he'll continue to push the school to let his client wear the shirt on any day he feels like it. Waynesville High School, which contended that the shirt was sexual in nature and not appropriate school attire, would say only that progress had been made, reports the AP. (Read more Jesus Christ stories.)

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