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Gay Couple Suing Christian Pre-School

Posted by on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:45 PM
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so I found out that this gay couple is suing a christian preschool for not accepting their son into the school. And sad thing is I think they are going to win. Heres the article. Tell me what you think in the comments.


Homosexual Couple Sues Christian Preschool for Rejecting Son as Student

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Homosexual Couple Sues Christian Preschool for Rejecting Son as Student

A homosexual couple has sued a Christian preschool in New Mexico after the school had accepted the three-year-old boy the two men are raising as their son, only to reject the child later. In their complaint the two men, Joseph Romero and John Keelin, allege that officials at Hope Christian School in Albuquerque first accepted their three-year-old son, then sent them a denial letter when the school realized the boy's parents were homosexual.

In the lawsuit, the two men claim that they “were even told that a new student packet has been prepared for him and that the school was expecting to get acceptance letters out the following week.” But shortly after that notification, the two “received a denial letter on April 16, 2010,” the complaint continues. “Upon further inquiry, the school sent a letter dated June 13, 2012 to plaintiffs' attorney. The letter indicated that the school denied admission to plaintiffs' son because plaintiffs were a same gender couple and that, as a result, their home was inconsistent with the school's beliefs.”

The letter from the school informed the homosexual men that “same gender couples are inconsistent with scriptural lifestyle and biblical teachings,” citing Romans 1:26-27 and 1 Corinthians 6:9. The letter pointed out that their home life “doesn’t reflect the school’s belief of what a Biblical family lifestyle is.” The letter also explained that because the two parties were not in agreement on the issue of homosexuality, the educational relationship would be next to impossible, and cited the scripture Amos 3:3, “How can two walk together unless they be agreed?”

On its website, Hope Christian School explains that admission “is open to students of any race, color, or ethnic origin who are looking for a Christian environment with an emphasis on teaching Biblical principles and truths along with strong academics.”

Romero and Keelin filed suit under the state's Human Rights Act, an increasingly common tactic for homosexuals who have been rebuffed by private businesses and organizations that oppose same-sex partnerships on moral and religious grounds. According to Courthouse News Service, the two men are suing the school for “equitable relief, including their son's acceptance into the school, and compensatory and punitive damages.”

While the state's human rights measure allows churches and other religious institutions to discriminate based on their convictions, private schools such as Hope are non-profits that provide “public accommodation” and thus give up their rights to make such distinctions. Additionally, according to the Albuquerque Journal, Hope Christian School received $61,455 in government funding for the 2012 budget year. Peter Simonson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, argued that the funding violates the First Amendment's supposed establishment clause. “We don’t think organizations that use religion to discriminate should receive any government money,” he said.

Earlier this year a lesbian couple was successful in their civil rights complaint against a New Mexico photography studio that refused to photograph the couple's same-sex commitment ceremony. For that refusal, Elaine and John Huguenin, owners of Elaine’s Photography, were fined nearly $7,000 by the New Mexico Civil Rights Commission. New Mexico's Human Rights Act forbids “any person in any public accommodation to make a distinction, directly or indirectly, in offering or refusing to offer its services … to any person because of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, spousal affiliation, or physical or mental handicap.”

In a similar case, last month a human rights commission in Lexington, Kentucky, ruled against a local t-shirt company after its owner refused to produce shirts promoting a local homosexual “pride” event. As reported by The New American magazine, in March Lexington’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) filed a discrimination complaint against the family-owned company, Hands On Originals, alleging that the firm had bid on producing the shirts, but when it was selected its owners changed their minds, explaining that their Christian values made them unable to fill the order for the gay-themed apparel.

Blaine Adamson, owner of Hands On Originals, explained that he was not immediately aware that he was bidding on a job that violated his values. When that truth came to light, he graciously told the group that he could not produce the shirts, but offered to find another company who would do the job at the price he had quoted.

That concession as not enough, and the group filed a complaint, claiming its civil rights had been violated. In November, the Lexington Human Rights Commission sided with the GLSO, finding that the the shirt company had “violated the city's fairness ordinance, part of which prohibits businesses open to the public from discriminating against people based on sexual orientation,” reported the Lexington Herald-Leader. “The commission also noted the company should stop 'discriminating because of sexual orientation.'”

As for such supposed discrimination, in the hearing Hands On Originals noted that it employs homosexuals and “has filled past orders for customers who it knew identified as homosexual.”

Owner Blaine Adamson said that “I want the truth to come out. It’s not that we have a sign on the front door that says, ‘No Gays Allowed.' We’ll work with anybody. But if there’s a specific message that conflicts with my convictions, then I can’t promote that.”



EDIT:okay, there is a misrepresentation of what a Christian is and what they are not. I can profess to be a muslim, jew, pagan, buddhist monk etc...doesnt mean I am....

heres a good definition of what a Christian is..

At this point, we need to back to examine the question from a more fundamental perspective. The question we need to ask first is "Who is a Christian?" Many young people believe they are Christians because their parents are Christians or they aren't Jewish, so they must be Christians.

Aren't you a Christian if you go to church and at some point went up front in response to an alter call? Jesus said that people are Christians if they believe in Him.1 Jesus also indicated that those who believed would hear His voice and follow Him.2 Part of the process of following Jesus is to repent. Repentance is a fancy Christian word that means to turn from one's sins and go in the opposite direction (righteousness). Jesus said that those who do not repent will perish.3 Jesus also indicated what kind of commitment one should make to be considered His disciple:

Then He [Jesus] said to them all: "If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?" (Luke 9:23-25)

So, Jesus made it quite clear that a casual confession of "faith" isn't going to cut it. One who really believes in Jesus will follow Him as their ultimate purpose in life. Now that we have a clear understanding of who is a Christian, we can go back to the original question.

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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:47 PM
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I hope they win. Why shouldn't a gay couples child go to a christian school? Why can't gay people be christian? 

MistyMoo
by Ruby Member on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:47 PM
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Good, I'm glad they're standing up for themselves. Why does it matter if they're gay? It's for the child, not the parents. Why deny the child of an education because of the parents. Sexual orientation doesn't make anyone a horrible parent or a horrible person..
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by Anonymous 2 on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:49 PM
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Because Christians don't believe in homosexual relationships. Why would they send their kid there in the first place?

RoseBlossom
by on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:50 PM
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Gay people can claim to be Christian but in a weird sense of what a Christian is, and thats to be Christ like and to follow his teachings. Their lifestyle would conflict with the Christian school because they teach the Bible. Even Jesus defined marriage as between a man and a woman in Matthew 19 " And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Quoting Anonymous:

I hope they win. Why shouldn't a gay couples child go to a christian school? Why can't gay people be christian? 



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Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:51 PM
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That's like a white person suing because they can't attend an all black college. Or is this different somehow??? eye rolling

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:51 PM
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I'm shocked over the photography case.  So if a photographer refuses to do a wedding for a couple that she doesn't like for whatever reason they can sue?

RoseBlossom
by on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:51 PM
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Its not about the parents being horrible or not, its their lifestyle which directly conflicts with the Christian schools teachings. They wouldnt be able to have a good relationship.

Quoting MistyMoo:

Good, I'm glad they're standing up for themselves. Why does it matter if they're gay? It's for the child, not the parents. Why deny the child of an education because of the parents. Sexual orientation doesn't make anyone a horrible parent or a horrible person..



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I knew I loved you before I met you, you were already perfectly formed in my heart.
dmarie2101
by Ruby Member on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM
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why should a kid have to be rejected bc of their parents lifestyle/choices/preferences etc?

Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:53 PM
Well, the school can do that. It's stupid. It sucks. It is totally inconsistent with "the sins of the father" not being visited on the son. My bet is Jesus would welcome the child.

But it is the schools right to be stuck up, exclusive, self righteous jerks in the name of their religious beliefs.

I think the school should pay for a private, e pensive tutor while the men search for another option.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:53 PM
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All of that is written by someone else. There's no proof it's God's word. I find the bible a bunch of crap and don't believe a word of it. I believe if there is a God he loves everyone that is good. 

I also believe a gay couple can indeed be christian so why should their child not be allowed to go to school there? 

Quoting RoseBlossom:


Gay people can claim to be Christian but in a weird sense of what a Christian is, and thats to be Christ like and to follow his teachings. Their lifestyle would conflict with the Christian school because they teach the Bible. Even Jesus defined marriage as between a man and a woman in Matthew 19 " And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Quoting Anonymous:

I hope they win. Why shouldn't a gay couples child go to a christian school? Why can't gay people be christian? 




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