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California legislator backs off bid to force equal treatment for gay students in religious schools

August 11, 2016

A California state legislator has dropped an effort to force religious schools to offer equal treatment to homosexual students.

State Senator Ricardo Lara announced that, under heavy lobbying pressure, he would remove from his bill a provision that would have ended the religious schools' partial exemption from anti-discrimination law. But he said he would continue to push for requirements that the religious schools provide thorought documentation to state officials if and when they disciplined a student because of sexual behavior. 

“The goal for me has always been to shed the light on the appalling and unacceptable discrimination against LGBT students at these private religious institutions throughout California,” Lara said.

 
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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Aug. 12, 2016 4:07 PM ET USA

    When I was a school principal we enforced equally the no sexual relationship policy, no matter the sex or gender identity.