Catholic leaders line up against “Gay-Straight Alliances” in schools

Catholic leaders lined up Monday to speak out against a new law that would force them to allow “Gay-Straight Alliances” in their publicly funded schools.

School board trustees, as well as the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario, suggested the new dictate violates their denominational rights.

Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, said the legislation “overrides the deeply held beliefs” of Catholics and makes “religious freedom … a second class right.”

He also accused the province of “micromanaging” Catholic education.

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