In its mandatory “diversity training” classes, a school district has instructed students who believe homosexual behavior is wrong to keep their opinions to themselves, prompting a federal lawsuit.

The Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund filed a motion for preliminary injunction [PDF file] yesterday to immediately prohibit the Boyd County, Kentucky, Board of Education from restricting the free-speech rights of its students.

“We are filing this motion because students are being forbidden from expressing their own viewpoint on this matter,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Kevin Theriot. “That’s unconstitutional, and it must stop.”

The motion was filed in a Feb. 15 lawsuit brought by Timothy Allen Morrison and other students and their parents against the education board.

The training itself began as a result of the settlement of another lawsuit filed against the board by the Boyd County High School Gay-Straight Alliance, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.

“The school district is attempting to change the beliefs of students without their parents’ consent,” Theriot said. “The provisions of any settlement arrangement must respect the constitutional rights of students.”

All middle and high school students in Boyd County schools are required to attend the special training.

School policies and practice do not permit parents to opt their children out of the training, even if it violates their personal beliefs and morality, ADF said.

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