Yeah! We're sure Jesus would have stood by THIS 100%!!
This effing sucks so hard.
The archdiocese in Denver, Colorado, has denied two CHILDREN re-enrollment in a Catholic school next year because their parents are lesbians!
So UNBELIEVABLY effed up!! They're KIDS - only in kindergarten and preschool!!
They've already started at a school, and now they won't be allowed back because the church suddenly decides it's not cool?
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput says:
"The Church does not claim that people with a homosexual orientation are 'bad,' or that their children are less loved by God. Quite the opposite. But what the Church does teach is that sexual intimacy by anyone outside marriage is wrong; that marriage is a sacramental covenant; and that marriage can only occur between a man and a woman. These beliefs are central to a Catholic understanding of human nature, family and happiness, and the organization of society. The Church cannot change these teachings because, in the faith of Catholics, they are the teachings of Jesus Christ. People with a different understanding of marriage and family life have other, excellent options for education and should see in them the better course for their children."
We're SURE every student in that school has married parents completely committed to one another and conform COMPLETELY to every single obscure Catholic teaching!!
Luckily, there has been a MASSIVE public outcry in the community to this blatant and hateful discrimination.
Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA, says:
"The Archdiocese of Denver has acted very unjustly in singling out this child for exclusion. Until every student's parents are tested on Catholic teaching, this action by Catholic officials cannot be understood as anything other than discrimination on the back of a child. At a tender age, this child has learned that Catholic officials are willing to inflict pain on children and families."
SPOT ON. So unbelievably cruel.
How are young children supposed to feel when the school they are a part of suddenly decides they're not welcome anymore?!
Jarret Barrios, the president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, agreed:
"These actions by the Denver Archdiocese harm the student by taking the child away from friends, teachers and community. It's deeply troubling to see any school remove a child from their educational program simply as the means of rejecting that child's parents."
If there's any light in this shitstorm of a story, Boulder Pride - which is a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center - organized a protest outside of the church Sunday, supported by 30 opponents, most of whom were reportedly heterosexual allies of the gay community!!
We're sure the support was very much appreciated!!
We still can't even process this. Those poor children are way too young to have to endure that kind of discrimination.
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