School Trustees Oppose Anti-Discrimination Law on Religious Grounds

March 14, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times,1,7569074.story?coll=la-news-religion

On March 14, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "Citing their Christian principles, trustees of a small Orange County school district are defying a state anti-discrimination law that allows students and school staff to define their own gender. A refusal by a three-trustee majority of the five-member school board to reverse its position could ultimately jeopardize as much as $40 million in state and federal funding, two-thirds of the budget for a district that serves 10,000 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It is a risk, said the defiant trustees of the Westminster School District, that they're willing to take if the alternative is to compromise their morals... At issue is the wording of a state law that requires schools to protect certain groups from discrimination, including transsexuals and others who embrace unconventional gender roles. The three trustees say the law allows grade-school students and staff to immorally redefine their sexual identity."