YUMA, Ariz. (CN) – After years of resistance, officials at Yuma High School allowed students to form a Gay-Straight Alliance club and the group met Thursday, the ACLU said. Twenty-three students asked for the club to be recognized and treated like any other school club, and after receiving a letter from the ACLU stating that informal resolution was preferable to litigation, the school district apparently agreed.
Students began trying to form the club in 2006, and “school officials continually delayed approval of the club and imposed conditions that were not required of other non-curricular clubs,” the ACLU of Arizona said in a press release. The club is meant to provide safe haven for students to discuss the issues, and educate the community, the civil rights group said. According to the ACLU, “Federal courts have repeatedly ruled in favor of student GSA clubs where schools tried to block their formation, including in Salt Lake City, Utah; Orange County, Calif.; Franklin Township, Ind.; Boyd County, Ky.; Osseo, Minn.; and recently in White County, Ga.”