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#1 of 3 Old 09-08-2013, 04:28 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello.  I am looking for support/feedback about this situation.  I am a lesbian mother to two boys (ages 7 and 9).  They attend public school (in Texas) and every year, the principal allows the Boy Scouts to come into school to give a presentation about "how awesome it is to be a boy scout!!".  And for the first two years, my boys came home, begging to join.  They are finally at the age where I can explain why they cannot join, and they do understand.

Last week, I finally got enough strength (thank you PMS!) to meet with the principal to discuss the issue.  Having recently come out as a lesbian, I didn't even bring the issue up about Boy Scouts not allowing gay people to be leaders. Instead, I focused on the religious issue.  And the fact that only the boys were pulled out of class- the girls remained in the classroom.  Well, the principal (a woman) offered to let my sons stay in the classroom and not attend the presentation.  When I pressed her about the religious issue, she became defensive with "I am not going there!" response.  She stated the the Boy Scouts were given permission by the school district.
I left frustrated and unheard.  Should I pursue this issue with the school district?


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I would follow the chain of command and work your way up to the school board if need be!

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Yes, absolutely! Perhaps your local ACLU chapter may be of help? In NC, where I live, there are ongoing issues with public meetings (including school board) opening with Christian prayer. ACLU has been challenging this.

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