A Catholic school in California has been specifically targeted by a conservative group for enrolling the twin sons of two gay men into its kindergarten.
Randy Thomasson, of the Campaign for Children and Families said, "If this Catholic school allows these two boys in, when the boys start talking about their two daddies in the classroom, will the boys be told to stop talking that way? They should."
One of my deepest fears is that my son will be made to feel (or told directly) that he should not mention his family to other children. That he will be made to feel that he should be ashamed of us - and therefore ashamed of himself, in some way.
According to Thomasson (who sounds like a nasty piece of work), children raised in homosexual households "become little homosexual voice boxes." They are emotionally weak in the first place, he said, but then are mentally exploited and "led down a road of false stability and false family values."
[What exactly is 'false stability'?]
I know of one teenage boy with two mothers who goes to a Catholic school here (I'm sure there are many more). As far as I know, his parents are not out to the school. I would find that an intolerably compromising position, both for me and my child.
There's no way I'd send my son to a Catholic school - for the obvious reason that we're not religious, but also because there is no way I could subject him to even the potential for this kind of moral fundamentalism, which seems to be getting an increasing grip on the Catholic church in the USA and here, under George Pell.
I know there are many wonderful teachers and families in the Catholic system (including the three teens we spent our Christmas break with).
But I'm glad to be in the state system, where, at least for now, I am a citizen whose child is guaranteed a good and non-discriminatory education.
I hope these twin boys and their dads stay protected from the attacks by their fellow families at the school.