Church blindsided by Ontario government over gay-straight alliances: Catholic sources
Charles Lewis and Colin Perkel:
The Ontario provincial government has ignored months of behind-the-scenes negotiations by announcing Friday that all schools, religious or otherwise, will be required to host gay-straight alliances, Church sources say.
As part of the original Bill 13, which was intended to curb bullying in schools, the province included a provision for organizations with the name “gay-straight alliance or another name.”
However, the Ontario Assembly of Catholic Bishops had been working with the government to reach a compromise that would allow Catholic schools to focus on bullying in general rather than a specific group.
But late Friday afternoon, Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten said there would be no compromises.
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