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School’s anti-gay discrimination under fire

Equality NCAs the Wilmington Star-News reports this morning, protesters led by advocates from Equality NC (that’s the group’s Executive Director, Chris Sgro pictured at left) spoke out yesterday in favor of a law change that would prevent taxpayer-funded school vouchers from going to schools that discriminate against LGBT children and the children of LGBT parents.

“A statewide gay rights group wants the General Assembly to change its new tuition voucher program so schools with policies that exclude gay people won’t receive taxpayer funding.

Members of the gay rights group Equality N.C. spoke out Tuesday against a policy recently adopted by Myrtle Grove Christian School that requires students’ families to promise they won’t support or participate in a gay lifestyle. The faith group N.C. Values Coalition also released a statement Tuesday supporting Myrtle Grove Christian School’s right to set its own admission policies.

Myrtle Grove Christian School announced the new policy in a letter to parents on Nov. 13. The policy, which will go into effect in the 2014-15 school year, states that all families applying for admission or re-enrolling at the school will be required to sign an agreement saying they don’t support or participate in ‘sexual immorality, including homosexuality and bisexuality.’

Similar ‘biblical morality’ policies are not uncommon at religious schools, and since those schools are considered private, such requirements are legal. But the state’s new tuition voucher program, in which families could use taxpayer money to pay for tuition at a private school, has raised questions about the policy….”

You can read the rest of the story by clicking here and last week’s Fitzsimon File on the issue by clicking here.

(Photo source: Equality NC).

 

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