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From: Harry Knox, Human Rights Campaign
Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2010 9:00 AM
Subject: Catholic schools expel kids of gay parents

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Catholic schools are rejecting the children of LGBT parents.

Help us take a stand. Send a letter to the Catholic Bishops Conference today!

This one is beyond the pale...

Just days ago, a Boston third-grader's admission to a Catholic school was rescinded – solely because his parents are lesbians.

But here's the worst part – this is no isolated incident. Just a few months ago, a Catholic elementary school in Colorado expelled two preschoolers (that's right, preschoolers) for the same reason.

And these are just some of the cases we know about.

Has the Church hierarchy apologized? No. Have they come out and said it was wrong to target the children of LGBT families? No. Have they said that they won't discriminate against LGBT families in the future? Not one bit.

Now, we understand that our constitution protects the right of religious institutions to make decisions that may be inconsistent with state nondiscrimination laws. But that doesn't make it right. The Golden Rule – do unto others as you would have them do unto you – should apply to us all. Will you help us take a stand against the Catholic Church hierarchy's deeply hurtful rejection and exclusion of those children's parents?

Please, send a letter to Cardinal Francis George, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, urging him to not make this a nationwide trend and to end these hurtful practices targeting LGBT parents and their kids.

For five years, HRC's Religion and Faith Program has worked with faith communities across the country to create a culture of acceptance for their LGBT members. By engaging religious leaders in difficult, yet faithful, conversations about LGBT equality, we've seen that transformation is possible, one congregation and one community at a time.

Your letter today can continue that transformation at a moment when LGBT families and their children urgently need our support.

Please, send your letter today.

Thank you for taking the time to fight this terrible injustice.


Harry Knox
Director, Religion and Faith Program

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