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Wed Nov 29, 2023, 02:37 AM Nov 29

Lawsuit seeks to block law banning LGBTQ materials, explicit books in Iowa schools [View all]

The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday seeking to block enforcement of parts of an Iowa law that restricts schools from teaching topics involving gender and sexuality and prohibits books involving sex acts.

The legal organizations are acting on behalf of seven Iowa students and families, as well as Iowa Safe Schools, a nonprofit group advocating for LGBTQ students. The lawsuit claims that Senate File 496 violates Iowa students’ First and 14th Amendment rights to equal protection, free speech, free association and due process, as well as leading to discrimination and higher safety risks for LGBTQ students.

Thomas Story, an ACLU of Iowa attorney, said at a news conference Tuesday that the law is a “clear violation” of students’ rights to speak, read and learn freely.

“The First Amendment does not allow our state or our schools to remove books or issue blanket bans on discussion and material simply because a group of politicians or parents find them offensive,” Story said.


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