Monday, November 22, 2010

UPDATE: Kate Cohn and The "Marriage Is So Gay" T-Shirt

Remember Kate Cohn? I wrote about her HERE; she was the girl who wore the "Marriage is so gay" t-shirt to school and got herself in a boatload of trouble because she wouldn't take it off.

Well, now it seems that the ACLU stepped in and fired off a letter to the school, and officials have decided to rescind its decision to ban the shirt.

According to an ACLU release, the principal at Falcon High School told Kate Cohn that she couldn't wear a "Marriage is so gay" t-shirt, which she wore on election day in support of gay marriage rights. The ACLU called censorship, especially given that many students were all sorts of shirts to school with political, and social, messages emblazoned across their chests.

Rebecca T. Wallace, Staff Attorney for the ACLU: "Falcon High School administrators are censoring Kate Cohn's message of equality simply because they did not like what she has to say, but the First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees students like Kate Cohn the right to peacefully and quietly display their political message, even when that message is unpopular."

All it took was a letter, and Falcon High School determined that Cohn "is entitled to wear [the shirt]."

All it takes, in many cases, is speaking up.

Class dismissed.



Thomas (Tom) Rimington said...

All it takes is the message!

Well said Bob

BosGuy said...

I love this story.

froggy said...

I bet the principal is looking forward to some snow days here soon!

Biki said...

Lovely! I hope people are finally understanding that school administrations are the biggest bully out there. Maybe these horrible bullying stories will wake rank and file Mr. and Mrs. American up. And demand that something change and now!

Calvin478 said...

OMG I totally am going to college with this girl next year. I just recently met her and she is a really cool person. This is amazing and I cannot wait to get to know her better