IN A BID to speed up the legalisation of same -sex marriage in Colombia, a gay couple set up a homosexual nativity scene in their home, photographed it and posted the pic on Facebook.
Outrage immediately followed, with the Colombian Catholic Church accusing Andrés Vásquez and Felipe Cárdenas of “sacrilege” for leaving the Virgin Mary out in the cold. Their nativity scene in the northern city of Cartagena shows the baby Jesus with two dads.
According to this report, thousands of Colombians have taken to social networking sites to slam the pair, with many saying they show
A lack of respect to God and all Christians.
One Facebook user added:
As much as I support gay rights, this is just stupid on so many levels. If you are a Catholic you have to accept Jesus’ parents were Mary and Joseph.
Political analyst Vásquez and entrepreneur Felipe have been together for four years and were united by a civil union, the closest thing to marriage for homosexuals in Colombia, three months ago.
The gay rights activists told the Diario Veloz website that they set up the scene in the hope that it would help in bringing about reform in the country’s gay marriage laws.
A bill to legalize gay marriage is currently being looked at by the country’s politicians and has passed the first of four debates. But it has been dubbed as “unconstitutional” by the nation’s conservative lawmakers.
We did it because we believe in Colombia. We have lived in different cities in the world and we prefer to return to our country. We are beginning to build [a better country] through our new union.
Meanwhile, a real-life pair of gay dads are suing a Christian school for refusing to accept their three-year-old to preschool.
Christian News reports that Joseph Romero and John Keelin state claim they were originally told by Hope Christian School in Albequerque that the boy could be admitted to class, but received a denial letter after officials discovered that the boy’s parents were both men. The school, citing Romans 1:26-27 and 1 Corinthians 6:9, said:
Same gender couples are inconsistent with [a] Scriptural lifestyle and Biblical teachings. [Your] home life doesn’t reflect the school’s belief of what a Biblical family lifestyle is.
When Romero and Keelin inquired further, the school corresponded with the attorney for the two men, reiterating that homosexuality is inconsistent with the beliefs and values of the Christian school, and that being a private institution, it has the right to be free from government interference.
Hope Christian School’s website outlines that:
Admission is open to students of any race, color, or ethnic origin who are looking for a Christian environment with an emphasis on teaching Biblical principles and truths along with strong academics.
The gay couple now filed a lawsuit in Bernalillo County Court, claiming that Hope Christian School has violated the New Mexico Human Rights Act by refusing admission to the boy. New Mexico law prohibits:
Any person in a public accommodation to make a distinction, directly or indirectly, in offering or refusing to offer its services … to any person because of … sexual orientation.
Some are also stating that although the school asserted that it is a private religious institution, it should still be required to admit the child because it receives partial federal funding.
Romero and Keelin, through their attorney Shane Youtz of Youtz and Valdex, are seeking equitable relief, including that the judge will require that the boy be accepted at the Christian school, as well as compensatory and punitive damages.
Attorneys for Hope Christian School have not yet commented on the matter.
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