Despite a Supreme Court ruling this summer that legalized same-sex marriage, a 5-year-old California girl has been barred from attending her Christian elementary school all because her parents are a lesbian couple, reports ABC 10.
Now, the unnamed girl has been thrust into the center of a white-hot debate that pits religious freedom against nondiscrimination rights. She was scheduled to begin kindergarten at Mt. Erie Christian Academy in San Diego, California, when the family received a notice that “she was no longer welcome at the place where she had attended both preschool and summer school.”
Via ABC 10:
Sheena, a stay-at-home mom, told the news station that school officials told her and her spouse, Lashaune, who is in the Navy and away on deployment, the issue had nothing to do with the child.
Sheena told Team 10 she and her wife were summoned to the school the Friday before Labor Day, where they were shown to a room to meet with the pastor. After a prayer, Sheena said the pastor dropped the bombshell. “It was heartbreaking,” Sheena said. “I didn’t finish the conversation with them when they took us in the room because I just, I didn’t want to look at them any longer. I just couldn’t believe that they did that.”
A woman, who described herself as the director of Mt. Erie, told the television news outlet that the school has a non-discrimination policy. One of the mothers provided Team 10 with a copy of the school’s parent and student handbook, which was revised in June 2015:
“Mt. Erie Christian Academy is a religious, Bible-believing institution providing education in a distinct Christian environment, and it believes that its biblical role is to work in conjunction with the home to mold students to be Christ like. On those occasions in which the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home is counter to or in opposition to the biblical lifestyle that the school teaches, the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, living in, condoning or supporting sexual immorality; practicing homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity; promoting such practices; or otherwise having the inability to support the moral principles of the school (Leviticus 20:13a; Romans 1:21-27; Matthew 19:4-6; I Corinthians 6:9-20).”
The couple is now seeking an attorney to file a civil rights lawsuit against the school.
SOURCE: ABC 10 | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
Don’t Miss Our Hottest Stories! Get The NewsOne Flip App for iPhone: Flip, Skip — Or Send Us a Tip!