Catholic Education Service criticised for 'anti-gay marriage petition'
The Catholic Education Service (CES) has written to every state-funded Catholic secondary school in England and Wales asking them to urge pupils to sign a petition against gay marriage. The British Humanist Association (BHA) describes this as "absolutely outrageous", and believes that, if accurate, the CES is likely to have broken multiple laws in pushing such a petition to pupils.
Last month, the CES wrote to all Catholic secondary schools and asked them to draw attention to a letter against gay marriage from the Archbishops of Westminster and Southwark which was read out at Sunday Masses on 11 March. The CES also asked schools to "draw [the] attention" of pupils as young as 11 to a petition against gay marriage from the Coalition for Marriage.
April 27, 2012