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7-year-old threatened with expulsion for talking about her gay dads

AUSTRALIA — Two dads assert they were forced to yank their 7-year-old daughter out of her private Christian school after she openly spoke in class about her parents being gay.

The girl in question — neither her name nor the last names of her parents are being printed to protect their privacy — was allegedly sternly reprimanded by administrators, who insisted she never speak of such things again, or she’ll be expelled.

Brendan, one of her fathers, only came out recently. He initially enrolled his daughter at Foundation Christian College with his ex-wife:

“I was told that they don’t promote ‘gay’ at the school and [my daughter] was unable to talk about my life between [my partner] and me. She could mention my name, but she couldn’t talk about us being gay or relating to us as a couple, so … we were forced to say that she wasn’t allowed to talk about Daddy or [my partner] at all.”

“I told them that I expected my daughter to be able to talk about home life like any other kid in the class.”

Brendan claims the principal, Andrew Newhouse, told him he felt fooled at the interview.

“He said to me that ‘If we knew you were gay at the interview you would never have got in this school.’”

The two men decided to yank her from FCC and enroll her in public school to avoid further harassment.

“Why does my daughter have to go through this and lose her best friends due to the person I am?” Brendan asked. “I carry a lot of guilt and I hate that my daughter has to deal with her dad not being accepted.”

Newhouse told Mandura Mail that children of same-sex parents are indeed not welcome at the school.

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