Lawyer: N.M. Christian School Illegally Denied Child of Two Dads Entrance
Officials from a Christian school in New Mexico refused to enroll a child because his parents are gay, even though the school accepts federal funding, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
The three-year-old boy’s two fathers tried to enroll him in Hope Christian School but officials sent the family a letter that stated the child was denied because of his parents’ sexual orientation.
"Same gender couples are inconsistent with scriptural lifestyle and biblical teachings," the letter sent to the family read. "Home life doesn’t reflect the school’s belief of what a biblical family lifestyle is."
Shane Youtz, an attorney who represents the family, says the school is violating New Mexico’s Human Rights Act but the family hopes the school’s officials will change their decision and accept the three-year-old. Youtz also said the issue can be resolved without any legal action.
The state’s Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation.
Albuquerque’s ABC affiliate news station KOAT7 reported that the letter also stated the school is private and is free from "excessive governmental interference in matters of religion." But the school will receive more than $60,000 in federal tax dollars during the school year.