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Summarized by Kent Larsen

SLC Teen Gets Notice For Supporting Gay-Straight Club
(Fear of a gay school)
Time pg52 21Feb00 P2
By Harriet Barovick
As gay-straight alliances proliferate, so do virulent protests and legal battles against their existence.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Time Magazine reviewed the prolifieration of gay-straight clubs at high school's nationwide, including in Salt Lake City, where the majority LDS population finds their existence troubling. Yet when one Salt Lake City high school banned such a club, LDS Church member Keysha Barnes, 18, objected, and signed-on as a plaintiff against the school board.

Barnes, the daughter of a local Church leader, is heterosexual. She simply found banning the club to be offensive, and Time implies that she views banning the club as homophobia. However, the group including Barnes lost the lawsuit, but she says that her family and friends now take gay rights more seriously because of her stand.

Time says that many of these clubs meet more for social reasons than for sexual reasons, and focuses a little on the situation in Salt Lake City. The clubs say that they have a right to meet in schools under the federal Equal Access Act, a law passed, somewhat ironically, to allow religious clubs to meet at public schools after school. When a Utah judge ruled against the club in the Barnes case, it was because the school had taken the draconian step of banning all clubs rather than let the gay-straight club meet.


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