New Jersey’s Attorney General on Wednesday filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Hanover Township School District over a policy that his office argues discriminates against LGBTQ students.
In the lawsuit, AG Matthew Platkin contends that Board Policy 8463, adopted by the Hanover Township Board of Education on Tuesday, requires school staff to notify parents of the gender identity and sexual orientation of students.
The complaint asserts that this policy “discriminates against students on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression” by requiring parental notification for LGBTQ students but not their peers.
It contends that the policy will have a “disparate impact” on LGBTQ students because it will supposedly compel school staff to “out” those children to their parents.
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“We will always stand up for the LGBTQ+ community here in New Jersey and look forward to presenting our arguments in court in this matter,” said Attorney General Platkin. “We are extremely proud of the contributions LGBTQ+ students make to our classrooms and our communities, and we remain committed to…