Catholic school district in Ontario lifts ban on gay student groups

Trustees of the Halton Catholic District School Board repealed a ban on gay student groups which was implemented earlier this fall. A grade 11 student leader says, “We as students are asked to be chaste so sexual activity at this point, whether heterosexual or homosexual, should really be moot.” The ban had been implemented by the previous school board. The old board acted on the advice from the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario which sent a letter warning that gay student groups “imply a self-identification with sexual orientation that is often premature among high school students.”

Trustees voted 6-2 to recommend lifting the ban while a new inclusion policy is drafted, but the entire board has yet to be consulted on the vote.

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