OCALA, Fla. -

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a Florida school board, claiming its delay in allowing the formation of a gay-straight alliance club at a middle school is a violation of free speech and equal access.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit against the School Board of Lake County Wednesday in federal court in Ocala.

The lawsuit says the efforts by eighth-grader Bayli Silbertstein to form a student club at Carver Middle School for gay students and their straight allies has been repeatedly delayed by the school board.

The lawsuit says that the board's failure to give her a definitive answer on whether the club can be formed is tantamount to a denial and that denial violates the U.S. Constitution.

A school board spokesman didn't immediately return a phone call.

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a Florida school board, claiming its delay in allowing the formation of a gay-straight alliance club at a middle school is a violation of free speech and equal access.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit against the School Board of Lake County Wednesday in federal court in Ocala.

The lawsuit says the efforts by eighth-grader Bayli Silbertstein to form a student club at Carver Middle School for gay students and their straight allies has been repeatedly delayed by the school board.

The lawsuit says that the board's failure to give her a definitive answer on whether the club can be formed is tantamount to a denial and that denial violates the U.S. Constitution.

A school board spokesman didn't immediately return a phone call.