Monday, October 27, 2008

Chicago mayor opposes 'gay'-friendly school

Opposition to a school for homosexuals and lesbians in Chicago is growing.

The school has taken public input on setting aside the school as a safe haven for homosexuals, but Mayor Richard Daley has announced opposition to the idea. Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute was asked what that means to the campaign against it. (See earlier story)

"It gives enormous weight because, unlike in many communities, the school board in Chicago is not elected...," she explains. "They are appointed by Mayor Daley. So for [him] to come out in opposition to the school, my understanding is that carries enormous weight."

Even homosexual activist groups in the area are now opposing it on the grounds that it amounts to separate but equal treatment. Higgins is hopeful people will continue to voice their objections to the school.

"Expressing disapproval of homosexual conduct does not constitute bullying, and that is what homosexual groups are trying to conflate," she adds. "If it did, then it would mean any time we would express disapproval of any conduct, we would be bullying those people who engage in it. It would preclude us from ever making moral statements."

Advocates of the school -- proposed to open in 2010 -- say it is needed in order to combat the bullying, dropout, and depression rate among homosexual students.

The school board is expected to vote next month.

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