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Catholic School Won't Allow 6th Graders to Do Gay Rights Project

Quinn Maloney-Tavares and Polly Hamilton were recently assigned a social justice project at St. George Catholic School in Ottawa, Canada.

The two sixth graders decided to do their project on gay rights, however, school principal Ann Beauchamp axed the idea.

“A lot of people, they don’t know they’re being rude, but they make being gay a bad thing,” Maloney-Tavares told the Ottawa Citizen. “They need to know that it’s not a bad thing.”

Maloney-Tavares said the school principal didn’t feel gay rights “was a topic that was appropriate for that age group" and was worried about “right-wing” parents.

In response to the principal's decision, Maloney-Tavares and Hamilton painted small rainbow flags on their hands and wore rainbow colors at school where several students did likewise.

According to, Ottawa Catholic School Board Chairman Ted Hurley in a statement, "Our Family Life curriculum (Fully Alive) covers all topics around personhood, relationships and sexuality and is developed and taught in an age-appropriate manner. The Board ensures that a pastoral approach is used during the learning process. Parents are notified before sexuality topics are taught in class."

"The principal's decision was made in this context and with the understanding that the project was going to be presented to younger students," added Hurley.

According to the Vatican's website, the Catholic Church's stand on homosexuality states in part:

Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil; and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder.

Therefore special concern and pastoral attention should be directed toward those who have this condition, lest they be led to believe that the living out of this orientation in homosexual activity is a morally acceptable option. It is not.

Sources: Ottawa Citizen,, / Image Credit: dbking


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