Calgary court to hear appeal on GSA law challenge

By Charles Lefebvre
December 3, 2018 - 2:12pm

CALGARY, AB — The Alberta Court of Appeal is set to hear an argument from faith-based schools in Alberta looking to overturn a ruling on gay-straight alliances in schools.

A group of 25 faith-based schools are being represented by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms in the challenge, and are asking the court to grant an injunction on enforcement of the gay-straight alliance law.

The challenge was heard in Medicine Hat Court of Queen’s Bench in June. The request to place an injunction of the law was denied.

Among the schools involved in the challenge are the Newell Christian School Society in Brooks and the 40 Mile Christian Education Society in Bow Island.

The law prohibits schools from informing parents if their child joins a gay-straight alliance. The schools involved in the court action say keeping parents out of the loop of what their child is doing violates multiple Charter freedoms, including freedom of religion and freedom of expression.

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