When a few classmates razzed Rebekah Rice about her Mormon upbringing with questions such as, "Do you have 10 moms?" she shot back: "That's so gay." Those three words landed the high school freshman in the principal's office and resulted in a lawsuit that raises this question: When do playground insults used every day all over America cross the line into hate speech that must be stamped out? After Rice got a warning and a notation in her file, her parents sued, claiming a First Amendment violation.
Lawsuit Hinges On Whether 'That's So Gay' Is an Anti-Gay Putdown
The Associated Press
March 1, 2007