5-Year-Old Girl Has Two Moms, Is Therefore Barred From Her School

+ A five-year-old girl was barred from returning to her private Christian school because she has two moms. The girl attended Mt. Erie Christian Academy in San Diego for pre-school and summer school and just days before school started in September, her parents — Sheena, a stay-at-home mom and Lashaune, who is in the Navy — were summoned into the pastor’s office where they were told they weren’t welcomed at the school anymore.

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San Diego TV station KGTV reports the school cites an admission policy document to justify their action:

“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”

The mothers are looking for an attorney to file a civil rights lawsuit. The school is private and doesn’t receive any federal funding, so it’s within its rights to discriminate against LGBT people, says San Diego attorney Eugene Iredale, who spoke with KGTV.

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Yvonne S. Marquez is a lesbian journalist and former Autostraddle senior editor living in Dallas, TX. She writes about social justice, politics, activism and other things dear to her queer Latina heart. Yvonne was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter. Read more of her work at yvonnesmarquez.com.

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2 Comments

  1. I get the idea of changing things from within, but I would worry about my child attending a school whose administration and staff felt that being gay or trans was a sin.

    I grew up with the kind of cognitive dissonance that came from being raised atheist in a pretty Christian world (the Pledge, other kids etc.) and that was hard enough. Going to school every day with teachers who thought my parents were sinning just by being married to each other would have been a whole other level of alienating.

    Of course, it’s ridiculous that the school expelled a five year old girl for her parents’ actions, no two ways about that…

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