Franklin Co. school district could face legal action over Gay-Straight Alliance

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Mar 14, 2013 4:00 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A Franklin County school district could face legal action for denying the creation of a club for gay students and their straight supporters.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the advocacy group Equality Pennsylvania have sent a letter to the Chambersburg Area School District -- saying the school board's denial of the creation of a Gay-Straight Alliance club violates federal law.

Equality Pennsylvania Executive Director Ted Martin says GSA clubs exist in other midstate schools.

"These are tremendous opportunities for both gay and straight students to get together for friendship, for support, and to get through what can be some really rough times," Martin says.

He adds legal precedent exists to supports the club's creation.

The student-run organization bills itself as a safe place to socialize for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students -- and their straight supporters.

A school board member who voted against the club's creation told witf last month it would be "unfortunate" if the board's decision is construed as discriminatory.

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