Two children were recently kicked out of a Catholic school in Boulder, Colo., because of having lesbian mothers. GLAAD issued a statement urging national media to spotlight this story and report on how such harsh decisions hurt families and damage communities.
Following GLAAD’s pitch, CNN, Fox News Channel’s, “The O’Reilly Factor,” and a host of other national outlets covered the story. And, on the heels of that coverage, DignityUSA New Ways Ministry, Call to Action and Fortunate Families placed a full page ad in the Sunday, March 14 editions of the Denver Post and the Boulder Daily Camera. The ad highlighted the lifetime of harm that such a rejection represents.
Their voices were joined by local community members including some straight mothers from the Sacred Heart of Jesus School, who spoke out on the HLN's, the Joy Behar Show and in the Boulder Daily Camera to challenge the church’s double standards of not questioning mothers who use birth control, nor requiring parents to be Catholic straight parents
The children of the couple had been attending the school for three years so it was even more shocking for the mothers to suddenly have their children targeted for rejection. The mothers remained unnamed during the controversy to protect their children from publicity but issued a statement on March 15 to say they had not given up on being Catholic, despite this rejection.
The Denver Post quoted the mothers: "When we were allowed to have our children baptized, we made a promise to raise our children in the Catholic faith," they said. "We now feel like our attempts at fulfilling this promise are being undermined by the church itself." Part of their comments touched on the challenges same-sex couples face in dealing with taxes, border crossings, and various legal protections, but they said they never expected to face such double standards in their own faith community.
As media keep a focus on the Boulder story both locally and nationally, GLAAD will continue helping faith groups and local advocates on the ground in Colorado as they offer their unique community perspective to the dialogue.