April 04, 2012

Ohio school district sued for banning 'Jesus Is Not a Homophobe' T-shirt

An Ohio high school student says school officials are violating his freedom of expression because they won’t let him wear a T-shirt bearing the slogan “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe.”

The shirt, high school student Maverick Couch told, is designed to show support for the "Day of Silence," on April 20, a national event that puts a spotlight on how bullying keeps gay and lesbian students from speaking out.

Couch’s mother filed a lawsuit against the Wayne Local Schools District in federal court on behalf of her 16-year-old son on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

The lawsuit says Couch was threatened with suspension if he wears the shirt, which is emblazoned with a colorful logo of a fish traditionally used as a Christian symbol, as well as the slogan in large bold text. The suit asks that Couch be allowed to wear the shirt and receive unspecified damages.

Maverick Couch told that school officials said the shirt was “indecent and sexual in nature.”

Christopher Clark, Couch’s attorney, said the family for months tried to settle the dispute but school officials would not change their minds.

"I do think what the school is doing is bullying," Clark told. "They’re trying to shame him into not wearing this shirt.”

Wayne Local Schools Superintendent Patrick Dubbs told that the district has not yet reviewed the contents of the federal lawsuit and thus cannot comment at this time.


  1. "gay" is cute but does not really come to grips with what these people have as a lifestyle. Let's start with average the average lifespan of 42 years for a starter.

  2. Does nobody understand English?

    'the slogan “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe.”' is “indecent and sexual in nature.” ?

    How can that be defined as Indecent, Homophobe is a psychological condition, and these idiots are teaching your children.