Ed Brayton notes that the school board of Clovis, New Mexico, couldn’t stand by and let a picture of an actual gay couple get published in the yearbook.
Here’s your bigoted overreaction of the day: the Clovis school board in New Mexico is taking control of the yearbook to make sure that they don’t repeat the horrible crime of include lesbian couples in a section of the yearbook on couples at the school:
The Clovis board of education will have final say on content in student publications under a new policy adopted about four months after the high school yearbook published pictures of lesbian couples.
The board voted 3-2 to pass the new publications code Tuesday. The code also gives school principals authority to review students’ work before publication…
Photos of two lesbian couples, along with narratives describing their relationships, were included in a features section titled “Do you want to go out?” Also pictured on the two-page spread were nine heterosexual couples.
Well obviously they can’t allow pictures of actual lesbians in the yearbook. That might send the improper message that lesbians are human beings and deserve to be a part of society with equal rights and stuff. That just will not do.
The yearbook supervisor noted that:
While school staff check content for obscenity, libel and other matters of legal concern, yearbook supervisor Carol Singletary told the News Journal that featuring gay couples “didn’t violate privacy, it wasn’t obscene, it wasn’t libelous … it didn’t violate any of the district policies.”
I am continually amazed at the lengths people will go to disenfranchise any private relationship they disapprove of.
Any thoughts on what would happen in a similar situation cropped up in your community?