Catholic trustees to fight against gay-straight alliances label
Ontario's Catholic School trustees are vowing to fight a move by the provincial government allowing students to name anti-homophobia clubs "gay-straight alliances".
The Catholic School Trustees Association calls the word gay "a distraction" & says anti-bullying legislation should protect all students, not just those bullied because of their sexual orientation.
The Liberals first said that while Catholic schools must allow the clubs, they wouldn't have to let students call them "gay-straight alliances".
The Education Minister announced an amendment changing that Friday after hearing from students who don't want her, principals or trustees dictating the names of their clubs.
Laurel Broten denies allegations from the Progressive Conservatives that the Liberals are picking a fight with the Catholic school system, which gets about 33% of Ontario's $24-billion education budget.
The Tories will try to block the amendment that would force Catholic schools to allow "gay-straight alliances" by that name.
The New Democrats say you can't solve a problem like homophobia if you're afraid to use the word "gay".