Protest planned Sunday at school that turned away gay couple's child

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Teachers at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School were told about the situation earlier this week. Staff members say they were told a student would not be allowed to re-enroll because of his or her parents' sexual orientation.

The Denver Archdiocese says the student's parents are two women and their homosexual relationship violates the school's beliefs and policy.

A group of concerned citizens plans to protest outside of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday before the 10 a.m. mass.

An organizer, Beth Osnes, told 9NEWS in an e-mail, "We are doing this protest to draw attention to this injustice, especially as it impacts a child."

"We also hope to make sure the members of this faith community are aware of its institutional prejudice," she said.

In a statement sent to 9NEWS, the Archdiocese said, "Homosexual couples living together as a couple are in disaccord with Catholic teaching."

According to the Archdiocese, parents who enroll their kids at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School are expected to follow the Catholic Church's beliefs.

"No person shall be admitted as a student in any Catholic school unless that person and his/her parent(s) subscribe to the school's philosophy and agree to abide by the educational policies and regulations of the school and Archdiocese," the statement said.

Because this student's parents are homosexual, the Archdiocese says they were in clear violation of the school's policy. Legal analysts tell 9NEWS the Archdiocese is within its rights.

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