Colorado

Mar 6, 2010 9:24 AM by Associated Press

Catholic school boots student with gay parents

A Catholic school in Boulder is kicking out a preschooler because the child's parents are lesbians.

The child also will not be allowed to re-enroll next year at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School. The Denver Archdiocese posted a statement Friday saying the parents are "living in open discord with Catholic teaching."

The statement says students in Catholic schools are expected to have parents who abide by church and school policies. The archdiocese said students with gay parents in Catholic schools would become confused.

Archdiocese spokeswoman Jeanette DeMelo said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that the school does allow non-Catholic parents, as long as they are not in open discord with the church or school.

DeMelo said the gay parents in this case became known "through the normal admissions process" but did not explain why the child was enrolled if the parents' orientation was known.

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