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Marriage equality
becomes growing topic of discussion in Mass. schools

Marriage equality
becomes growing topic of discussion in Mass. schools


Antigay activists and other opponents of marriage equality are beginning to concede defeat in Massachusetts in light of greater discussion in the classroom regarding gay and lesbian married couples.

Antigay activists and other opponents of same-sex marriage are starting to concede defeat in Massachusetts after noticing more awareness of gay married couples in state schools. Now that marriage equality is the norm in the Bay State, the subject is increasingly showing up in the classroom, to the chagrin of some conservative families and organizers, the Associated Press reported Friday. According to Massachusetts educational guidelines, schools need to introduce the topic of different sexual orientations by the fifth grade, and current events have helped that discussion. "It certainly strengthens the argument that we need to teach about gay marriage because it's more of a reality for our kids," Paul Ash, superintendent of schools in Lexington, told the AP. "The children see married gay couples." But that's too much information for some parents, like Tonia and David Parker, who are suing the Lexington school district with another couple because their children were read a children's book with gay themes. The Parkers say their right to teach their own moral values to their kids was violated because they were not able to let their child opt out of the class. "In many parts of the United States, we could have presented our concerns and our objections, and it wouldn't have been a problem," Tonia Parker said to the AP. Anti-marriage equality activist Brian Camenker of the Article 8 Alliance has also noticed the impact of legal same-sex marriage. "It's like you're dealing with people from Mars, people who feel they're so superior, they can use your child's mind as a sandbox for their own personal ideologies," he told the AP. Countered Carisa Cunningham, spokeswoman for Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders: "Maybe the impact of the law is that it has made people much more defensive and much more afraid," she said to the AP. (The Advocate)

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