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N.M. School Board to Review Student Publications Over Lesbian Pictures

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The Clovis, New Mexico board of education voted today to give itself final say on content in student publications after a high school yearbook published pictures of lesbian couples.

The board passed the new publications code with a 3-2 vote. The code also gives school principals authority to review students' work before publication.

According to Clovis Municipal School District Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm, the school district's previous code did not allow principals to review student publications.

New Mexico community groups criticized last year's high school yearbook, the Plainsman, because of photographs of lesbian couples in a segment about relationships.

Photos and narratives of two lesbian couples were included in a features section titled "Do You Want to Go Out?" Nine heterosexual couples were also included in the spread.

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