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These Mexican Children Were Denied Access to School Because of Same-Sex Parents

Raquel Reichard - Latina
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November 29, 2016
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Siblings in Mexico have been turned away from three different schools because their parents are same-gender. The couple, Martha, who did not share her last name in an effort to protect her children's privacy, and her unnamed partner, is fighting back.

The pair filed a complaint with the Consejo para Prevenir y Eliminar la Discriminación de la Ciudad de Mexico (Copred). They allege that their oldest daughter, then two years old, was rejected from Olinca in San Angel in July 2015.

After touring the establishment, Martha asked the director if there were other students with LGBT parents. The director’s response was, ‘No, we don’t have a problem with that, so long as they don’t make a scene in front of the children,'” Martha told Animal Politico. Surprised by the response, the mother asked for clarification. The director allegedly stated that she didn't want the parents to "disrespect" anyone.

Months later, in November, the parents wanted to enroll their daughter and twin sons in Senda. Everything seemed great at first, with staff even encouraging the women that the school is accepting of same-gender couples. That's why they were surprised when they later received a call from the school noting that their children had been turned down.

“They began by telling me that they wanted the school to be more open, but unfortunately, the parents of the other children were very ‘Catholic’ and they couldn’t accept my children,” Martha said. “Plus the school didn’t want the other children to bully my children for having two moms. They said they preferred to ‘protect’ them and shield them from that ‘suffering.'”

...The parents, like most across the globe, were just hoping to provide their little ones with the best possible education. Instead, they were met with intolerance. While Martha and her partner don't want their children enrolled in any of the three schools, they filed the complaint to ensure that other same-gender parents aren't discriminated against.

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