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

April 5, 2012 - 9:35 AM
Lawsuit Gay Student

This photo released by Lambda Legal shows Maverick Couch Tuesday, April 3, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Couch, a gay student whose southwest Ohio high school prohibited him from wearing a T-shirt designed to urge tolerance of gays is suing the school, saying it's violating his freedom of expression right. (AP Photo/Lambda Legal)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A gay student suing his Ohio high school for prohibiting him from wearing a T-shirt designed to urge tolerance will be 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 that 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.

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

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