August 23rd, 2010
08:52 PM ET

Texas school rejects 4-year-old over lesbian parents

A private religious school in Texas has denied admission to the daughter of a lesbian couple who wanted to enroll the child in preschool, citing its "clear teaching of the Christian faith" for the refusal.

In a statement e-mailed to CNN sister network HLN, the dean of St. Vincent's Cathedral School in the Dallas suburb of Bedford, Texas, said the school is standing on its principles "in matters of marriage and sex outside of marriage" by refusing to seat 4-year-old Olivia Harrison.

"St. Vincent's School as a ministry of St. Vincent's Cathedral upholds the clear teaching of the Christian faith, the Holy Bible, and the Anglican Church in North America," the Rev. Ryan Reed said.

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  1. Mandi

    Texas schools have some serious issues right now. My daughter just got sent to a different school for pre-k because she does NOT speak Spanish. (Yes, you read that right, because she does NOT speak Spanish. As in, she only speaks English. Our country's native language.) And she is in the public school system! Apparently, the school that is 2 blocks from me was only taking Spanish speaking children for pre-k, so now I have to take her (no buses provided) to another school. Now they won't let a kid into a school because her parents are lesbians? How is that any of their business? Personally, if I was a lesbian, I wouldn't want my child to go to a school where they are going to teach her that being gay is "wrong". But, whatever floats your boat... When did they start putting all of these stipulations on 4 year olds?! Discrimination is SUPPOSED to be illegal, so why are all these loopholes here to protect it?

    August 29, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scott Reimers

    The first sentence was everything I needed to read. A "PRIVATE RELIGIOUS" school.

    I am Pagan. Though I'm straight, a majority of my friends aren't. I completely disagree with this school's beliefs; HOWEVER, I like having the right to act as I choose. Thus I strongly support this school in doing as they choose. Parents, if you aren't welcome why would you want your child in that school?

    There is comment after comment on this board as to whether people agree with the beliefs being espoused by this school. I don't... but in the immortal words of Voltaire: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

    August 30, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Stacy

    Mat 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
    REGARDLESS of her parents, she should be allowed into the school. She is not to blame for their sin.

    August 31, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Skeets

    Why would they deny christian education to some poor kid who will need it the most. Here are parents trying to bait a church school, possibly for lawsuit potential. I am a bit suspect of the parents, but the church/school just took the hook, line and sinker...stupid. Instead of loving the sinner not the sin...they messed up.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
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