Texas lesbian couple outraged after Christian daycare rejected their daughter's admission citing their same-sex marriage
WACO, TEXAS: A lesbian couple in Texas claims a Christian daycare center denied their daughter admission last week after administrators found that they were in a same-sex marriage.
Brittney Ready said that she and her wife of two years, Stacey, were extremely excited to have their youngest daughter, Callie, enrolled into Parkview Christian Academy. So, when a spot opened up last week after waiting for several months, they were among the first ones to try to secure an early admission.
While the admission process started out smoothly, the parents hit a roadblock when the administrators found out that they were lesbians.
"The director was super sweet and welcoming to us and Callie! We go to leave with paperwork in hand only for the administrator to call us into his office to let us know that he heard that Stacey and I our [sic] 'mates' (first off we aren’t animals) and because of that they cannot welcome her (Callie)," Brittney said in her Facebook post.
She added that they felt that the discrimination was unfair on the part of the center. "So does that mean 'unwed parents' can not enroll their kids? Does that mean 'divorced parents' cannot enroll their children there? Because sin is sin and Jesus sat and welcomed allllll the sinners. We were not trying to plague your daycare sir, WE ARE GAY, our daughter IS NOT! Never in my life have I had this happen and it especially affect [sic] our child," she wrote.
The frustrated mother explained that their daughter was born in a "catholic hospital, at the hands of a Christian doctor" and was an "innocent child of God." "We speak to our children about being a Christian, and we speak to them about God and about what the Bible says - even about what the Bible says about same-sex couples," Brittney told KCENTV.
She urged the center to make their policy against same-sex couple transparent to prevent other couples like them from unnecessary harassment. "That's fine if that's what they stand for," Brittney said. "But make it known that's what you stand for. Just remember at the end of the day everyone is human.”
Her post ended with a quote from the Bible (Matthew 19:14) — "But Jesus said, 'Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'"
Although the Parkview Christian Academy has not commented on the incident, the center's website does list its enrollment procedure as the follows: "Enrollment shall be granted without discrimination in regard to sex, race, color, disability, or national origin. If this policy changes at any time, parents will be notified through a letter from the administrative staff as soon as possible."
The policy does not mention any discrimination based on sexual orientation but does maintain that the school officials reserve the right to dismiss a child from the institution if they feel that the program taught there was not in the child's best interests.
Callie has received acceptance offers from other daycare centers ever since her parents came forward with this story.