NM school refused child of gay parents
Posted at: 07/28/2012 3:27 PM
By: Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An attorney says an Albuquerque Christian school has refused to enroll a student in its pre-K program because his parents are gay.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that attorney Shane Youtz said a couple he represents received a letter from Hope Christian school saying their three-year-old son would not be able to enroll because of his parents' sexual orientation.
Youtz said the move is a violation of the New Mexico Human Rights Act. An official from Hope Christian - which received $61,455 in public, federal funding for the current budget year - declined to comment.
The New Mexico Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in "public accommodations."
It also bans discrimination based sexual orientation.
The statute allows religious-based organizations to discriminate on that basis, but not if they have nonprofit status.