Ban on Anti-Gay Shirt Is OK, Court Says

From a Times Staff Writer

A federal judge Friday refused a request to order a suburban school district to allow a student to wear a T-shirt that says God condemns homosexuality.

But U.S. District Judge John Houston also ruled that Tyler Chase Harper, 16, can continue his lawsuit against the Poway school district on grounds that his religious rights were infringed. School administrators told Harper that he could not wear the T-shirt to Poway High because it was offensive to gay students.

Houston said that to order the district to allow Harper to wear the T-shirt he would have to conclude that Harper would win his lawsuit if it went to trial.