Graduating students sport rainbow socks in support of gay-straight alliance

Courtesy Leslie Leong, via CBC

Courtesy Leslie Leong, via CBC

Courtesy Leslie Leong, via CBC

WHITEHORSE, Yukon — More than half of the graduating students at a Catholic school in Canada wore rainbow socks at their graduation ceremony over the weekend to support their school’s newly formed gay-straight alliance.

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The CBC reported that the senior class at Vanier Catholic Secondary School was subjected to months of controversy over a church diocese policy that described homosexuality as “intrinsically disordered” and homosexual acts as a “grave depravity.”

The Yukon Department of Education told the school it needed to adopt a policy offering students the same rights as other publicly funded schools and conform to statutes, including human rights legislation.

The school eventually adopted a policy that enabled students to start the Vanier Gay-Straight Alliance. It has about 30 members.​

About 45 of the 81 students wore the rainbow socks.


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