- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A lesbian couple is planning to file a civil rights lawsuit against a Christian school in California after they say their 5-year-old daughter was kicked out for having two mothers.

The parents, Sheena and Lashaune — who did not disclose their daughter’s name — said they were summoned to a private meeting at Mt. Erie Christian Academy in San Diego on the Friday before the Labor Day weekend, the New York Daily News reported.

After a brief prayer, the school’s pastor told Sheena and Lashaune that their daughter was no longer welcome at the place where she had previously attended both preschool and summer school, the women said.

“It was heartbreaking,” Sheena told a local ABC News affiliate. “I didn’t finish the conversation with them when they took us in the room because I just — I didn’t want to look at them any longer. I just couldn’t believe that they did that.”

A woman, who only gave the name “Kailyn” and described herself as the director of Mt. Erie, told the station that the school has a non-discrimination policy. When asked whether it was discrimination to bar the 5-year old from attending kindergarten because her parents are lesbians, Kailyn responded: “The Bible says homosexuality is a sin. We don’t condone any sinful lifestyles,” the station reported.

According to the school’s parent and student handbook, “On those occasions in which the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home is counter to or in opposition to the biblical lifestyle that the school teaches, the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student.”

“This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, living in, condoning or supporting sexual immorality; practicing homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity; promoting such practices; or otherwise having the inability to support the moral principles of the school (Leviticus 20:13a; Romans 1:21-27; Matthew 19:4-6; I Corinthians 6:9-20),” the handbook reads, ABC reported.

Now the mothers are looking for an attorney to file a civil rights lawsuit against the school.

“If we knew from the beginning that this was unacceptable, they didn’t condone or believe in this, if it was such a big deal, we would have never started her off there,” Sheena told the station. “I would never put my child’s emotional well-being in an unstable setting like that.”

San Diego attorney Eugene Iredale said both California and federal cases have upheld the right of private institutions to bar membership based on religious beliefs.

“Religions and religious institutions, that do not in their activity receive public money, have the right to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation if that is part of their religious tradition,” he told ABC.


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