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Published January 29, 2011, 06:10 PM

MN School District, Lesbian Teens Settle Pep Rally Issue

The Anoka-Hennepin school district has agreed to let a lesbian couple make a high-profile entrance to a pep rally at Champlin Park High School on Monday afternoon.

By: Associated Press,

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Anoka-Hennepin school district has agreed to let a lesbian couple make a high-profile entrance to a pep rally at Champlin Park High School on Monday afternoon.

The teens have been elected to the royalty court for the Snow Days Pep Fest. Traditionally, the court enters a high school assembly in male-female pairs.

The lesbians want to make a political statement by entering together, but the school was concerned about the reaction that might provoke.

The teens filed court papers Friday, arguing the school's decision violated their constitutional rights to free speech.

The district, school and students went to mediation Saturday. Afterward they released a joint statement saying members of the Royalty Court will be able to choose whomever they'd like to escort them in the coronation processional.

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