Alberta pastor told to allow gay-straight groups replies with lawyer letter
An Alberta Christian educator ordered by the province to allow gay-straight alliances in his schools has responded with a letter from his lawyer.
Education spokeswoman Larissa Liepins says the letter came Friday afternoon, just hours before a deadline imposed by the department.
Liepins won’t discuss the contents of the letter and says the government will respond on Monday.
Pastor Brian Coldwell was ordered two weeks ago to give written assurances that the two private Christian schools under his supervision would follow the law and allow gay-straight alliances.
Coldwell is the chair of the Baptist Christian Education Society, which runs two publicly funded, faith-based schools.
The school board gets 70 per cent of its funding from the province.
Coldwell has said he has a duty as a pastor to refuse the groups in his two Edmonton-area schools.
He said his schools will not comply with the law and equated the rules to religious persecution.
Gay-straight alliances are support networks of gay and straight students aimed at making all students feel included and not ostracized or marginalized.
Watch below: Global’s past coverage of LGBTQ policies in Alberta schools
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