Mo. District Ordered to Stop Filtering LGBT Sites

7 years 3 months 1 week ago Thursday, February 16 2012 Feb 16, 2012 Thursday, February 16, 2012 11:26:00 AM CST February 16, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - A federal judge has ordered a central Missouri school district to stop using its Internet filtering software to restrict access to educational websites about gay, lesbian and transgender issues.

U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey issued the preliminary injunction Wednesday against the Camdenton R-III School District.

As part of a national campaign, the at the request of the American Civil Liberties Union sued the district last fall on behalf of organizations whose websites are blocked by the filter. Those organizations include the Matthew Shepard Foundation and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

The district's attorney, Thomas Mickes, says the district's web-filtering provider has made changes in how sites are categorized since the case was filed. He says the district hasn't decided what to do next.

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