A Roman Catholic school in Massachusetts has “withdrawn its acceptance of an 8-year-old boy with lesbian parents, saying their relationship was ‘in discord’ with church teachings.” “I’m accustomed to discrimination, I suppose, at my age and my experience as a gay woman,” one of the boy’s mothers said. “But I didn’t expect it against my child.” She also noted that she thought the church might accept them, since they take children whose parents are divorced, which is also against the Catholic church’s teachings:
“There are many different non-traditional families that fall under the umbrella of the Catholic Church, and I guess we assumed we would fall under one of those,” she said.
The woman and her partner filled out both their names during the application process — which asked for the names of “parents” rather than mother and father — and attended an open house together at the school in February. “We weren’t hiding,” she said.
This story is similar to a recent incident in Colorado. There, a Catholic school decided to kick out a preschool student, saying the child “would not be readmitted for kindergarten in the fall” because his parents are lesbians. (HT: AMERICAblog)
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