On the witness stand, Willinsky denied that he made the threat. The 3rd Circuit ruling was a wake-up call to government employees, teachers, guidance counselors, social workers and others, who might be tempted to reveal the sexual orientation of a teen or adult, according to Esseks. Lambda presented the appeals court with social science research, showing the risk of forcing teens to reveal their sexual orientation. In the Arkansas case, school officials had "outed" year-old Thomas McLaughlin to his parents without his permission, made him read from the Bible, and disciplined him for talking about his sexual orientation and later for talking about that punishment. The American Civil Liberties Union is calling a pretrial appeals court ruling in that case a monumental achievement for gay rights. Canadian V. It has to be balanced against a possible responsible government reason for disclosure, the court said.
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