Indiana students win equal access for gay-straight alliance


Students at an Indianapolis metro area high school have won the same rights as other student organizations.

The Indianapolis Star reported a U.S. District Court judge has ruled that Pendleton Heights High School and the South Madison School Corp. must provide a gay-straight alliance (GSA) the same rights as other groups. The students had sued, the school, saying their group was given unequal burdens. The GSA my now advertise, raise funds and be listed in the student handbook even as the court case continues.

“The student led Gay Straight Alliance group at Pendleton Heights High School must be treated in the same manner that all other student groups are treated,” a statement from the ACLU of Indiana read. “While this isn’t the first time the ACLU of Indiana has had to take on a public school for treating a GSA group differently than other student led organizations, we hope that public schools throughout the state will take notice and forgo future challenges by providing equal treatment to all student groups.” 

According to the Star, the school had allowed the GSA to form and meet in a classroom after school, but would allow it to advertise on bulletin boards, the school radio station or on school property.

The ACLU of Indiana filed the lawsuit on behalf of the students in September, the newspaper reported.