Ohio school to let gay student wear T-shirt 1 day

LISA CORNWELL Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A gay student suing his Ohio high school for prohibiting him from wearing a T-shirt designed to urge tolerance is being allowed to wear the shirt for one day.

Sixteen-year-old Maverick Couch's lawsuit charges that Waynesville High School and the Wayne Local School District are violating his freedom of expression rights by saying the shirt is sexual in nature and inappropriate for school.

Court records show the district agreed Wednesday to let Couch wear the shirt saying "Jesus Is Not A Homophobe" on the April 20 Day of Silence. The annual national event protests bullying of gay students.

Couch's attorney says he'll continue to fight in the lawsuit for Couch's right to wear the shirt any day.

The district superintendent says only that some progress was made in the case.