In 2006, Naperville’s Neuqua Valley High School allowed students to participate in a nationwide “Day of Silence,” which promotes tolerance of the gay community. While some students decided to wear shirts that expressed that tolerance, one student showed up in a shirt that read: “Be Happy, Not Gay.”
School administrators demanded the student, 17-year-old Heidi Zamecnik, either remove the shirt or be sent home for the day, according to theNaperville Sun. The school ultimately settled on blacking out the “Not Gay” portion of the shirt, leaving it to read “Be Happy.”
Zamecnik, however, was not pleased with the change. After the incident, she filed a lawsuit against the school district claiming they violated her civil rights by not allowing her to express her opposition to homosexuality.
“Pursuant of her earnest religious convictions, Heidi sought a way to communicate her belief that homosexual conduct doesn’t lead to happiness,” Zamecnik’s lawyer Nate Kellum told MTV when the suit was filed in 2007. “She wanted to wear a T-shirt communicating that idea.”
On Tuesday, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Kellum. deets here
This sets a very bad precedent for hate speech….