Try The 4-H Club Instead: Wisconsin Board Refuses To Approve School-Sponsored Club for Gay Students

In Wisconsin, there is now record of the West Bend School Board ever rejecting an application for a student club at a high school . . . until now. You guessed it, students wanted to form the Gay-Straight Alliance clubs at East and West high schools but were denied approval by a 3-3 vote of the board. Board President Randy Marquardt opposed approval of the club.

All that is required under the rules is that school-sponsored clubs, clubs must have a curricular tie, national or state affiliation, student appeal and a volunteer adviser. The article below notes:

In GSA’s application for school sponsorship, its purpose is listed as combating bullying and harassment and “to provide an emotionally and physically healing learning environment for people of all genders and sexual orientations.” For a curriculum connection, the group listed six courses in which homosexual issues are discussed and studied.

Not enough. It appears the fifth criteria is “not involve gays or lesbians.”

The students could bring a first amendment and equal protection challenge — as well as other claims based on the written guidelines for the clubs. Sexual orientation is still not afforded the same protection of race or gender — a lower protection supported by the Obama Administration in court. However, the arbitrary and capricious basis for the decision should give ample grounds for a challenge.

Notably, Marquardt ran for the board by insisting “I intend to bring a common sense approach to the District’s facility and budget issues. I believe many past discussions have been too ideologically driven.” Well this ideological decision is likely to be costly indeed if these students go to court to fight against an obvious act of discriminatory treatment. It may come as some surprise but those Future Farmers of America just may be gay.

What is bizarre is that high schools should be a microcosm of society where students express their views and consider different groups and lifestyles. By barring such groups, the board sends a chilling message to students on the marginalizing of gays and lesbians.

Source: JS Online

Jonathan Turley

21 thoughts on “Try The 4-H Club Instead: Wisconsin Board Refuses To Approve School-Sponsored Club for Gay Students”

  1. Tootie now I know why I never liked the “Facts of Life”. your a tool.

  2. as long as they don’t have a club for gingers. those people are creepy.

  3. James M., My high school had many clubs including a rifle club. If you joined and didn’t own a rifle they would supply you with one for the purpose of instruction in shooting and maintenance. Good times 🙂

  4. How dare those student oppress the good Christians of Wisconsin by expecting them to actually mean what they said? It’s the worst sort of thuggery to follow the letter of the rules and actually exceed the requirements and then expect them to just say “o.k., here’s your club.”

  5. Mike S.,
    This is selective reading of the Bible. if I don’t like something or someone, there must be a bible admonition of it!

  6. Tootie
    1, May 12, 2011 at 7:47 am
    Locals have authority over the schools. It is a local issue. The feds should stay out of any such case Let the people be free to decide what they will do with their tax dollars or get out of the education business.

    I’m opposed to compulsory education in any case precisely because of this kind of problem wherein the left continues to insist it can force its opinions on others but others may not force their opinions on them.
    ———————————
    Um… I’d like to point to the Civil Rights movement of the 60s: Local authorities have proven themselves over and over to not be able to protect the civil rights of all Americans as laid out in the Constitution.

    I’m quite proud that my fore-bearers in “the Left” did in fact “continue[s] to insist it can force its opinions on others” by forcing many states and school districts to stop (overtly) putting non-“white” students into segregated, sub-standard schools.

    I’m sorry but the track record of “the Left/Progressives” in America for the last century or so is pretty strong (fighting to end segregation, fighting against wars in Viet Nam and Iraq, building America’s wealth and stability by supporting Unionization and workers’ rights/protections, protecting America’s elderly with Medicare and Social Security, supporting Civil Liberties in many forms, protecting consumers from dangerous food and products, protecting the environment from toxins and pollutants, protecting America’s wilderness with National Parks, strengthening the “garden wall” that separates church and state, and on and on and on and on) so we’re pretty confident that ending discrimination against Americans based on their being LGBT is the right thing to do and pretty necessary.

    If that means that the Federal government has to yet again step in and “force” local governments to obey the law and the Constitution, then so be it. We’ve done it before (over and over and over again) and it tends to be seen by history as the right thing to do.

  7. It is my firm belief that the most homophobic of people are usually those who doubt their own sexuality and so strike out at gay people, to try to convince themselves that their own same sex feelings don’t exist. Many of course use religious justification for their beliefs, but as many here have said before, while homosexuality is considered an abomination in the Torah, so is eating pork. While Paul, who never knew Jesus claimed falsely that Jesus had negated the “old” beliefs and so could eat pork, there is no word in the Gospels where Jesus comments on either behavior.
    Jesus did say that he didn’t believe in divorce and yet the Bible Belt divorce rate is the highest in the country. This just indicates that most fundamentalists make stuff up as they go along,
    to find justification for their own bigotry.

  8. This is nuts. Mespo had it right. The religion fanatics are trying to take over school districts all over the country. In this case, they are going to cost the taxpayers a nice chunk of change! Time for another recall?

  9. “Trust the local school officials to come out in favor of bullying.” -Bette Noir

    There you go…

    Bullying has become a top-down process — kids are learning it from their parents, given what I’m seeing…

  10. Tootie

    Freedom is an important value, but the entire concept of America is based on us jointly honoring and valuing equality more than an individual, corpoprate or governmental assertion of the freedom to discriminate. That’s not a freedom we have or want.

  11. Trust the local school officials to come out in favor of bullying.

    Let the Christers form their own private schools, and leave us alone.

  12. Frank,

    That’s the kind of elitist book-learnin’ that Tootie is trying to get the country to move away from. The Sky is whatever color God made it — he has a plan; we don’t need to understand it.

  13. Obvious first amendment issue aside, why does the school board have to approve school clubs and why do they need to be affiliated with a state or national organization? How does Drama, yearbook and newspaper fit into that schema? In my high school we had all kinds of other clubs that wouldn’t fit those requirements: philosophy club, Spanish club, hell, we had a Christian club that I doubt had national affiliation.

  14. Locals have authority over the schools. It is a local issue. The feds should stay out of any such case Let the people be free to decide what they will do with their tax dollars or get out of the education business.

    I’m opposed to compulsory education in any case precisely because of this kind of problem wherein the left continues to insist it can force its opinions on others but others may not force their opinions on them.

    Let gay/straight promoters start their own private school. Let Muslims start their own private schools. Let Baptists. And atheists. People who want their kids to be athletes. Or artists. Or scientists. But please stop charging other people to educate your children.

    Let the people be free to send their kids to any kind of school they wish, but insist they do it on their own dime and time and not the state’s.

    A people dedicated to liberty (i.e. supposedly Americans) do not force other peoples’ kids to school at gunpoint. Only despots do that sort of thing.

    This explains why Democrats are for it.

  15. mespo….

    Likely a standing ovation at church.

    Bravo….

  16. The interesting feature is that this is not a club for students who identify themselves as gay, but rather for all those who oppose bullying of gay students and who also support the very American right to be different. I would have thought that was everybody. It seems the Board’s own attorneys warned that such a discriminatory vote might subject it to legal sanction but, of course, the brave-hearts in Wisconsin decided to push ahead with a clear violation of the law. What is the penalty for stupid in West Bend? Likely a standing ovation at church.

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