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Dallas-Area School Denies Admission to Girl with Lesbian Parents


St. Vincent's, an Anglican elementary school in Bedford, Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has denied admission to a girl because her parents are lesbians, NBCDFW reports:

"Jill and Tracy Harrison, lesbians married in 2006 in Canada, applied to enroll their daughter into St. Vincent's School, in June. On the application, they crossed out the word father on the application and wrote mother and put Tracy's name on that line. Jill was written on the mother line. They attended the school's parent night on Tuesday, and now, just a few days before school starts Monday, the school is denying their daughter Olivia enrollment into the school because her parents are lesbians, the women said...Though the school's handbook and website say that the school is non-discriminatory as to race, color, religion and national or ethnic origin, it doesn't stipulate that they won't discriminate based on the sexual orientation of a child's parents."

NBCDFW notes in its story:

"Our story originally referred to the school as St. Vincent's Episcopal School. Even though the sign at the church says Episopal, they said they have parted with that church and are now Anglican."

The major schism in the Anglican/Episcopal church over the past five years has regarded its positions on gays and gay clergy.

In fact, North American church leaders met at St. Vincent's in 2009 "to launch the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), described as an 'alternative' to the U.S. Episcopal Church within the Anglican Communion."

Said Jill Harrison: "I am horribly disappointed. In fact, we are in the 21st century and we are still dealing with this issue. We should just move on. Denying my daughter education based on who I end up sleeping with at the end of the day makes me furious."


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  1. What the fuck do they expect? It's a fucking catholic school in texas.

    Why the fuck would anyone want their child in a catholic school?


    Posted by: MarkDC | Aug 20, 2010 6:28:52 PM

  2. Can someone explain to me why I need to care when religion discriminates against gays? I'm for civil rights, not religious recognition.

    I'm torn on this. I'm curiuos, could they disriminate against jewish or muslim students? Is this really an issue gays should be concerned with when there are pleanty of non-denomitaional private schools.

    Posted by: Pete | Aug 20, 2010 6:35:30 PM

  3. Is this a private school or are they receiving money from the state or government? If it's a private religious school, the women have absolutely no recourse.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Aug 20, 2010 6:37:30 PM

  4. Let me add that this is also about social standing as much as it is about religion.

    These schools are in Dallas, but private and make money off the very wealthy suburbanites who refuse to rub shoulders with the rest of humanity here.

    Dallas is pretty metropolitan in it's views, but it is surrounded by enclaves of white elitists who end up creating their own communities where they can exclude anyone who doesn't fit their nice pat view of "acceptable" (i.e., white and wealthy).

    Personally I think the parents were trying to enroll their kid in a school that actually provides education than the atrocious public school system in Dallas, but this shouldn't have been an option.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 20, 2010 6:39:57 PM

  5. What abou the parents of students who are already enrolled? Are they not at all concerned about this admissions decision? Do they want their children growing up in a hermetically sealed subculture that will not at all prepare them for diversity in the REAL world?

    Of course not. They're all stupid fucking catholics terrified their own kids will be kicked out. Nice.

    I've never met one single catholic I've liked in my entire life. I realize why: they're all brainwashed Nazis incapable of original thought.

    You do realize, according to catholic teaching, original thought IS original sin...right? That's why they're all taught to follow rules and obey orders.

    Posted by: MarkDC | Aug 20, 2010 7:12:14 PM

  6. They're not catholics. They're anglicans.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Aug 20, 2010 7:21:23 PM

  7. Good! If these women are too stupid to not know better than sending their child to a school that will teach them that his/her parents are evil and perverted, then at least SOMEONE is doing something, even if for the wrong reason, to protect the kid.

    For the life of me I can't imagine why gay people INSIST on sending their kids to anti-gay religious schools.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Aug 20, 2010 7:22:14 PM

  8. Anglicans/Episcopalians are not Catholics (ever since Henry VIII broke away from the Roman church), though as far as this story is concerned, the anti-gay bigotry is more or less the same.

    Posted by: RJ | Aug 20, 2010 7:27:49 PM

  9. At least they could get married, somewhere.

    Perhaps this is the best school in the area, even so that wouldn't be enough for me to send my kid there. I'd home school first if possible, or hire a tutor to augment their lessons.

    Posted by: Tone | Aug 20, 2010 7:31:29 PM

  10. Anglican, Catholic, Baptist, whatever, they are all cannibalistic cults: eat his body, drink his blood, c'mon! And the Catholics, devout members of this cult believe in "transubstantiation" the belief that flat bread and wine actually become flesh and blood on an atomic level once its cult leader "blesses" the sh*t. Freak, all of them!!!

    Posted by: Wren | Aug 20, 2010 7:35:46 PM

  11. @RJ. Remember, Anglicans are NOT Episcopalians. That's the renegade faction that LEFT the Episcopal church to be led by the bishops in Africa. Bunch of conservative nut cases. These idiots didn't even accept women clergy, especially the diocese of Ft. Worth.

    The Episcopal church itself is pretty darn gay friendly. Thank heaven these people left a long time ago. Tired of fighting with them.

    Posted by: Craig | Aug 20, 2010 8:11:53 PM

  12. More Religious fanatics. I guess this means that you will be forfeiting your tax exempt status if you are going to discriminate?

    Posted by: Darb | Aug 20, 2010 8:21:25 PM

  13. These people are not Anglicans, either. They split from the Episcopal Church because they do not tolerate gays and lesbians and oftentimes don't approve of women in leadership positions, including ordained ministry. Please clarify this. They may call themselves Anglican, but there is no recognition of them in the Anglican Communion, of which The Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada are the only member provinces in the US.

    The Episcopal Church is generally not only welcoming, but supporting and affirming of gay and lesbian people and their relationships. It is fighting within the global Anglican Communion for tolerance and inclusivity. Unfortunately, there are pockets of intolerance, most notably in the Diocese of South Carolina (coastal SC). With few local exceptions, we are a gay-affirming church.

    We don't believe in hiding in the closet, and we believe in the sacraments being available to all people, including ordination (see Bishops Gene Robinson & Mary Glasspool). Our national church is led by an intelligent and erudite female primate (Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori), the first female primate in the history of the Anglican Communion.

    Again, these people are neither Anglican nor Episcopalian. This would never happen in The Episcopal Church.

    Posted by: Joe in NYC | Aug 20, 2010 8:47:29 PM

  14. Why would you want your kids to go to a school that teaches your kids to hate you?

    Posted by: Dusty | Aug 20, 2010 8:49:16 PM

  15. Correction: The Anglican Church of Canada, *The Episcopal Church of Mexico*, and The Episcopal Church are the only member provinces of the Anglican Communion in *North America.*

    Posted by: Joe in NYC | Aug 20, 2010 8:53:01 PM

  16. That looks like one big ass grade school. Is there a H.S. also?

    People in big cities like Dallas and it's suburbs who can afford it send their kids to private schools, often simply because many public schools suck. It has nothing to do with money, they get plenty of funding, they just suck compared to available private schools. Public schools have trouble makers that can't be kicked out, while private schools can can and do expel for all sorts of reasons; and academic standards are almost always higher than public schools.

    Posted by: neckbeard | Aug 20, 2010 9:19:57 PM

  17. Jesus said "suffer little children to come unto me".
    The Anglican Church says "no way".

    Posted by: Lars | Aug 20, 2010 9:24:59 PM

  18. Looks like a "cha-ching" kinda place. I would want my kid in the mix of the real world, not a isolationist enclave. Good thing is, everybody knows what kind of place it is now, and can avoid it or not.

    Posted by: kodiak | Aug 20, 2010 10:27:37 PM

  19. Thats really just a birds eye view of Kimora Lee Simmons house...

    Posted by: Grant | Aug 20, 2010 11:05:32 PM

  20. If the school is receiving ANY repeat ANY monies from the city, state or federal governments then they are in violation of Federal Law.

    This just shows how more and more we are leaning toward a theocracy.

    Below is a "Letter to the Editor" in the San Diego U/T yesterday that I thought was quite well thought out...

    "Separating church and state
    Congratulations to the readers (Letters, Aug. 15) who figured out that the First Amendment doesn’t include the phrase “separation of church and state.” But consider what the operative sentence of that amendment means: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” In other words, our government – i.e., the “state” – cannot require you to follow any particular religion – “church” – nor can it prevent you from belonging to the church of your choice, or none at all (this last because “freedom of religion” also means “freedom from religion,” since you can’t be forced to follow a faith you don’t profess). Hence the state’s role in our government is not only “separate” from that of the church, it is a mutual separation because churches may not stray into governing, either (“no law respecting an establishment of religion”). No church in the government, and no government in the church. People who have taken the trouble to understand the implications of religion becoming involved in government (read James Madison) know that prohibiting this practice protects the free exercise of their faith, rather than straitjackets it.

    Jeremy Dendle
    Chula Vista"

    Posted by: CB | Aug 20, 2010 11:50:04 PM

  21. I see a lot of posters who buy into the myth that there is such a thing as a "true faith," and thus base their understanding of religion on a logical fallacy; that is, a false belief. So, in effect, one false belief (or many of them) propped up by another... Nope. It's whatever you want it to be (any faith, any demonination is whatever one says it is and claims the title). And given the schism that is emerging in the episcopalian church (a minority christian demoniation in the united states)...there's no moral superiority in claiming one faith over another...none whatsoever. It's a joke, and those of faith commenting here to justify that joke just make the audience laugh harder.

    Posted by: TANK | Aug 21, 2010 12:45:27 AM

  22. Oh, and parents who send their children to bigoted private institutions knowingly....and it's knowingly in this case...are guilty of child abuse. I have absolutely no sympathy for the lesbian couple, but I do have the utmost sympathy and pity for their children....who neither deserve them, nor the school that discriminated against them. Parents are supposed to protect their children from harm...and these parents are clearly incompetent.

    Posted by: TANK | Aug 21, 2010 12:47:29 AM

  23. why would they want their child go to such a teach them to be haters...?

    Posted by: Jay | Aug 21, 2010 2:26:46 AM

  24. Why, why, oh why would any decent parent place their CHILD in such such a political position??? And further, why would any parent place their child in a religious school that discriminates against them? Putting your kid in this school is the SAME as putting them in a Muslim school. The kids will grow up learning that the PARENTS are a sin, that their RELATIONSHIP is a sin, and that THEY are a sin. Maybe they might learn how to rid the world of sin. God. lesbians need to catch a clue. Raise your kids right. Raise them atheists.

    Posted by: boone68 | Aug 21, 2010 4:01:08 AM

  25. Send them to Greenhill and stfu. It's Texas; you know what to expect, ladies.

    Posted by: tee cent | Aug 21, 2010 6:29:59 AM

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