I see that PFOX is announcing that they have won an important victory in Arlington County.
From an Alliance Defense Fund press release:
ARLINGTON, Va. -Arlington Public Schools agreed yesterday to permit Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) to distribute and post its flyers on the same terms and conditions as other Virginia community groups. Attorneys with the Christian Legal Society and Alliance Defense Fund brought suit against school officials in May when they refused to distribute PFOX’s flyers even though they were distributing flyers for other community outreach groups.
This is not exactly accurate. PFOX specifically demanded the right to distribute their flyers in high schools. Arlington County school officials state that they don’t allow any outside groups to distribute literature in their high schools (as is also the case in Loudoun County). Since the law requires all groups to be treated equally, denying PFOX’s demand does not constitute discrimination.
Arlington does, however, permit information to be sent home with middle and elementary school students. What they have done is to revise the written policy to include that practice. There has been no actual change in policy; PFOX is still not allowed to contact high school students, and says that they are now “considering” distributing their flyers to middle school students, which they would already have been able to do previous to their lawsuit. I’m not sure how this might fit in with or contradict the sexuality education curriculum for this age group. A PFOX spokesperson demurred when asked if they would try to reach elementary students as well, saying “It’s better to aim at a more mature audience.” Uh huh.
I’m having trouble identifying the big “victory” in this case for PFOX, but I suppose there isn’t much to choose from in that column, and they must work with what they have.