Alberta Education Minister Orders Christian Schools to Allow Gay-Straight Alliances

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Earlier today, Alberta Education Minister David Eggan issued a ministerial order to two Christian schools requiring that they permit students to form Gay-Straight Alliances (“GSAs”) or Queer-Straight Alliances (“QSAs”). The order stemmed from a legal opinion received by the Minister in November 2016 which recommended the schools’ accreditation be revoked at the end of the 2017 school year if the schools do not allow GSAs or QSAs. Through legal counsel, the schools responded by noting they currently comply with all legislative requirements (no students have sought to establish GSAs or QSAs), and referred to Loyola and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in support of religious schools and parental rights to choose education and transmit religious beliefs.