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Ontario Catholic schools oppose requirement for gay-straight alliances

CWN - May 28, 2012

Catholic schools in Ontario are opposing legislation that would require schools to allow students to form “gay-straight alliances.”

Education minister Laurel Broten has put forward a proposal that would allow the formation of clubs to oppose “homophobia” and intolerance. The minister’s proposal does not give school administrators authority over the names of the clubs.

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association held a May 28 press conference to voice opposition to the proposal. Marino Gazzola, the group’s president, said that “we expect our boards will obey” if the legislation is enacted, but said that the group would “review and reassess our options.”

Gazzola told an interviewer that the Catholic school group supports the formation of clubs that oppose intolerance, but objected to the explicit identification of “gay” groups, saying that any clubs formed in the Catholic schools “would focus on Catholic values.”

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