British Catholic Schools Direct Students To Sign Anti-Equality Pledge

The British Catholic Education Service is encouraging all 359 of its Catholic state secondary schools in the UK to draw attention to a letter by senior archbishops opposing the government’s proposal for marriage equality. In at least one south London school, students age 11–18 were encouraged to sign the Coalition for Marriage’s petition against the change, even though the petition is only open to those who are at least 16 years old. One student recounted that she and her classmates were told that same-sex marriage and civil partnerships are “unnatural,” which motivated some of them to protest. A recently implemented Public Sector Equality Act requires schools not to promote discrimination based on sexual orientation.