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Federal Appeals Court Weighs Louisiana Same-Sex Classes

A federal appeals court heard arguments Tuesday in a challenge to same-sex classrooms in a Louisiana school district.

The Associated Press reports here on the arguments before a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, in New Orleans, on the suit backed by the American Civil Liberties Union against the Vermilion Parish school district.

School officials evidently contend that the single-sex classes last year at Rost Middle School were voluntary. The ACLU contends the classes violate Title IX, the federal law that bars sex discrimination in federally funded schools, as well as the equal-protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

The ACLU has a Web page on the case.

The 5th Circuit puts audio of its oral arguments up at this page, though the audio in Doe v. Vermilion Parish School Board was not up as of Tuesday afternoon.

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