A federal judge yesterday dismissed a suit by two couples who contended that the Lexington public school system violated their constitutional rights by teaching their young children about same-sex couples.(see Boston Globe)
In his 38-page decision , Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf of US District Court said that under the US Constitution, public schools are "entitled to teach anything that is reasonably related to the goals of preparing students to become engaged and productive citizens in our democracy."
"Diversity is a hallmark of our nation," he said. (Shocking!!!)
The couples, David and Tonia Parker and Robert and Robin Wirthlin, have the option to send their children to private schools or home-school them. They can work to elect a School Committee that might change the curriculum, but they have no right to dictate what the school district teaches. And that is not just my opinion, it is the opinion of Chief Judge Wolf.
The Parkers and the Wirthlins vow to appeal the ruling. I don't know how David Parker can find the time between attending Focus on the Family events and being a paid guest speaker at Republican Town Committee meetings around Massachusetts. Download from_voteonmarriage_email_to_gop.htm
And the Wirthlins...who are they? A simple google search didn't provide much. Only that the Wirthlin's family is an extremely influential Mormon one which contributed heavily to the establishment of the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake AND heralds, Uncle Dick Wirthlin, the GOP pollster who worked for Ronald Reagan, the Republican Party, Governor Mitt Romney, now Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, The Mormon Church, and various anti-gay organizations.
Ah, the power of the internet to establish intent...
Tom Lang, Director