Ohio student sues to wear 'Jesus Was Not A Homophobe' shirt

Tue. April 3, 2012 8:28 PM by GoPride.com News Staff

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Cincinnati, Ohio - A student named Maverick Couch is suing his school in Ohio because the principal won't let him wear a shirt that says "Jesus was not a Homophobe."

The shirt features a Christian fish filled with a rainbow. Couch, 16, tried to wear it to Waynesville High School on the national "Day of Silence" last year and was told to turn it inside out.

This year, he and his family are suing before the next "Day of Silence," which is being marked on April 20.

The principal said the shirt is not allowed because the message is "sexual in nature."

"I don't think the shirt is sexual at all. I don't know how they can say that," Couch told Cincinnati.com. "I don't think it's indecent."

"We're in the business of education and our main concern is maintaining an environment that is conducive to education," Superintendent Pat Dubbs said. "We want our kids to be able to come to school and learn."

"I think that borders on the absurd," Couch's attorney Christopher Clark said. "I do think what the school is doing is bullying. They're trying to shame him into not wearing this shirt."

Update: School: Student can wear ‘Jesus is not a homophobe' shirt for protest