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Lesbian couple speaks out after kids barred from Catholic school

8:33 PM, Mar 15, 2010   |    comments
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The couple's two children are not being allowed to continue at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School because of the parents' sexual orientation.

They remain unidentified, but released a statement Monday night through Boulder Pride, an organization representing the gay and lesbian community.

They say the school's decision comes as a shock to them. The couple says they were initially very hurt and angry. According to the couple, their two children have been attending Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School for three years.

In their statement, they say: "There are divorced parents, children of parents born out of wedlock, non-Catholics and non-practicing Catholics. Their eligibility has not been questioned. There seems to be a subjective rating system of which sins are more unacceptable."

"Perhaps our biggest objection to the school's decision is that we think that it is wrong to punish a child for who the child's parents are," the couple stated. "We do not think this reflects what Jesus would have done."

The reason they enrolled their children in the school they say was because they themselves were raised in the Catholic faith and went to Catholic schools.

The couple says both of their children have been baptized, and attend church regularly at Sacred Heart.

They now feel their goal of raising their children in the Catholic faith is being undermined by the church.

"We do not believe that homosexuality and organized religion need to be mutually exclusive," the couple stated.

About a hundred people from the community showed up to hear the reading of the couple's statement. That included several parents from Sacred Heart.

Jeanette De Melo, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Denver, issued the following statement in response:

"The couple hasn't sought out this public attention. They have made clear they want privacy and they desire to move on for the sake of their children. As Archbishop [Charles J. Chaput] explained in his column our decision was made out of consideration for the children. As requested by the couple, and for the good of all involved, we will not say anything further."

For the full statement from the parents, click here.

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