Group Challenges Law Banning Schools Telling Parents About Children In Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs

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David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief
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Canada’s Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms is fighting an Alberta law that prohibits schools from informing parents if their children are attending so-called gay-straight alliance clubs.

As the Canadian Press reports, center president John Carpay is bringing a court challenge against a law that he says should be assessed first for its constitutionality and dismissed as an infringement on parental rights and religious freedom. (RELATED: St. Louis Cardinals Resist LGBTQ Outcry Over ‘Christian Day’)

Calling the groups “ideological sex clubs” that promote a gay rights agenda while offering graphic descriptions of homosexual sex fetishes, Carpay says there is no valid argument for not letting parents know if their kids are attending.

“There are a handful of parents who will beat their kids for coming home with a bad report card,” Carpay told CP. “Do you respond by withholding all report cards from all parents and keeping all parents in the dark about their child’s progress in math and reading and science?”

Carpay is also outraged that the Alberta law doesn’t differentiate between elementary school children and young adults in their senior high school year.

“There’s no nuances in the law. That’s the big problem.”

Kristopher Wells, an assistant professor a Edmonton’s University of Alberta, says the oppositon to the clubs is the same as the furor that resulted when Canada first proposed to legalize same-sex marriage over a decade ago.

“Certainly these arguments are no different from when same-sex marriage was legalized and how that was going to lead to bestiality and polygamy and how it was a slippery slope,” Wells told CP.

The Justice Center launched its legal challenge in April after the provincial government in Alberta passed its law. Two parents who lent their names to the complaint say the clubs seriously upset their daughter’s life and psychological health by convincing her that she was transgender and should start wearing male clothing. The parents said the girl had suicidal thoughts as a result of “confusing influences.”

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