ACLU sues to stop censoring of gay Web sites

Posted on 21 May 2009 at 6:58pm
By Associated Press

Rights group says schools block pro-gay sites but allow acacess to anti-gay sites

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against two Tennessee school districts for blocking gay issues Web sites.

The ACLU filed the case on Tuesday, May 19 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee against Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and Knox County Schools on behalf of three high school students and a librarian.

The lawsuit claims it violates students’ First Amendment rights to prohibit students from accessing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Web sites on school computers and only allowing access to sites that present anti-gay views.

The organization said in a release 105 Tennessee school districts use Internet filtering software to block Web sites containing pro-gay and lesbian speech.

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