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Canadian Catholic schools ban gay-straight alliance groups

Andrea Houston from Xtra reports:

With the world?s spotlight on the It Gets Better campaign and gay teen suicides, the urgency for schools to create gay-straight alliance (GSA) groups seems obvious.

But while the Ontario Ministry of Education thinks GSAs are important, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) takes a different view. The HCDSB feels the groups are harmful and has issued a ban on GSAs altogether.

?We don?t have Nazi groups either,? rationalizes board chair Alice Anne LeMay. ?Gay-straight alliances are banned because they are not within the teachings of the Catholic Church.?

?If a gay student requests a gay-straight alliance they would be denied,? she says flatly.

?It?s not in accordance with the teachings of the church. If they wanted to have a club outside of school, fine, just not in school.?

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