The proposal for a homosexual school in Chicago has been withdrawn, but a pro-family advocate believes it will be submitted again next year.
Social Justice Solidarity High School was supposed to be a safe haven for homosexual youth and would have featured homosexual-friendly curriculum, but the school ran into opposition from both sides. Pro-family advocates opposed the use of taxpayer money to fund the school, while some homosexual groups opposed the school because they claimed it amounted to segregation. (See earlier story)
Laurie Higgins, director of school advocacy at the Illinois Family Institute, says proponents of the school had watered down the proposal to focus on all so-called "disenfranchised" students. "Some of the people on the design committee were unhappy with the watering down of the proposal, and they hope to finalize some plans and resubmit them with a stronger proposal, which I think means more affirmation of homosexuality," she explains. "That was a very disturbing report."
She opposes the school on the grounds that it uses taxpayer money. Higgins contends that Chicago schools have other problems that the money would be better used to address. "Listen, we do need to make schools comfortable places as best we can for all students, but those means do not justify the ends of affirming ideas that are both fallacious and destructive to individuals and society," she concludes.
Homosexual advocates plan to introduce new plans for the school in 2009.