A Christian school in ABQ NM has refused to enroll a student in its pre-K program because his parents are gay
HERE ARE THE FACTS:
The New Mexico Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and “public accommodations.” It also bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
The definition of “public accommodation” in New Mexico was refined recently when the state Court of Appeals ruled that an Albuquerque photo studio had violated the Human Rights Act by refusing to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony.
NM statute allows religious-based organizations to discriminate on that basis, but not if they have a nonprofit status. Hope Christian is a 501-c3 non-profit.
The school receives federal funding under Title II, which is earmarked for teacher training.
Cited:Child with gay parents can't enroll at school, ABQ Journal Sat, Jul 28
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- NM Federal Delegation, NM PED
I just signed the following petition addressed to: State of New Mexico Federal Delegation.
End discrimination against GLBT at Hope Christian Academy School
State of New Mexico Federal Delegation,
We the signed petitioners of New Mexico and across the USA are urging you to look into recent actions by Hope Christian Academy in Albuquerque New Mexico denying a 3 year old enrollment because the child's parents are of the same sex.
As I am sure, you are well aware, in 1954 the Supreme Court ruled in Brown vs. the Board of Education that "Segregation of students in public schools violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, because separate facilities are inherently unequal."
Although HOPE Christian Academy maintains itself as a private institution it in facts receives $60,000 annually from the federal government. These tax dollars come from the pockets of American families, including those of same sex couples. Because the school, in part is funded by my tax dollars, I am signing this petition and asking that you look further into the discriminative actions taken by HOPE Christian Academy and enforce the law of the United States government and allow this child to enroll.
If we do nothing, we have failed to learn from our past, and allow agents of hate to exist. If we are to began teaching a new generation on equality allow this child to enroll and not fall short on unequal actions.
Jesse Lopez started this petition with a single signature, and now has 507 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.