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TBC Staff

June 3, 2004

A federal civil-rights lawsuit was filed yesterday on behalf of a Southern California high-school student who was punished for wearing a T-shirt expressing his opposition to homosexuality on a day set aside to honor the alternate lifestyle.

The Alliance Defense Fund, the legal group representing PowayHigh School student Chase Harper, said in a statement the young man's free-speech and religious rights were violated in April when he was suspended from school for one day for wearing the homemade T-shirt. According to the suit, a school administrator told the student: "Leave your faith in the car" when your beliefs might offend others.