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ACLU asks court to dismiss challenge to school LGBT policy

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The ACLU of Michigan is asking a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by parents against the Williamston Community School Board. The lawsuit claims a board policy that’s supposed to protect LGBTQ students from harassment is unfair to their children – and that it violates their First Amendment rights.
                ACLU attorney Jay Kaplan (KAP’-len) says the rights of LGBTQ students – or students who are perceived to be LGBTQ – will be harmed if the policy is reversed.

“Then you take away the ability of governments, including public school districts, their ability to redress and prevent incidents of discrimination and harassment of students.”

The parents say the board policy subjects their children to harassment and discrimination for following their Christian beliefs. They say it’s forced them to switch their children to a private school.

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.