A former student at a Catholic high school in Tennessee is suing his alma mater because school officials wouldn’t allow him to bring a male date to homecoming.
Lance Sanderson, now 19, says he was prevented from taking a boy to homecoming last year by officials at Christian Brothers High School, an all-boys private school in Memphis. He claims he was discriminated against under Title IX because, though the school is private, it accepts federal funds.
Linda Harvey of Mission: America says Sanderson’s claim is wrong. “There is no law that Congress has passed that allows Title IX to be used to justify homosexual behavior or transgender behavior,” she offers.
Indeed, Title IX does not mention sexual orientation or gender identity at all – but the Obama administration has been successful in arguing that it does, threatening school districts that federal funds will be withheld if they refuse to abide by that interpretation.
The school’s code of conduct states that all its students “should feel safe, secure and accepted regardless of color, race, background, appearance, popularity, athletic ability, intelligence, personality, sexual orientation, religion or nationality.”
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