Canadian Law Requires Catholic Schools To Allow Gay-straight Alliances

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) -- Lawmakers in the Canadian province of Ontario have passed an anti-bullying law requiring schools, including those run by the Roman Catholic church, to let students form gay-straight alliances.

Catholics, whose schools receive government funding, had objected that they shouldn't be forced to accept student clubs that go against church teachings.

But Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said, "Discrimination against children on the basis of whatever, including their sexual orientation, is no longer acceptable." He added that he believes those "are values that transcend any one faith."

After it became law Tuesday, Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto issued a statement saying Catholics have "serious concerns," but will continue to "foster safe and welcoming" schools in accordance with their faith.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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