Tory leadership hopeful Esther McVey has been blasted for saying parents should be able to stop their children learning about LGBT relationships.
Justine Greening, who is the first openly gay female member of cabinet, said McVey couldn’t ‘pick and choose’ when it comes to human rights and equality. Greening’s comments come after McVey said it was ‘down to them’ if parents wish to stop their children learning about same-sex couples. She told Sky News: ‘I believe parents know best for their children. ‘While they’re still children then really the parents need to have the final say on what they want their children to know.’
A primary school that taught pupils about homosexuality as part of a programme to challenge homophobia has stopped the lessons after hundreds of children were withdrawn by parents in protest.
Parkfield community school in Saltley, Birmingham, has been the scene of weekly protests over the lessons, which parents claim are promoting gay and transgender lifestyles.
Plans to set up a support group for LGBT teachers and education staff in Northern Ireland have been delayed after concerns were raised by a board member of the Education Authority.
The DUP MLA Jim Wells said he supported the concerns saying children should not have LGBT issues “forced down their throats” and they should be “allowed to remain innocent”.
As a parent, I’ve taught my kids to respect others and I have no desire to have then taught or be shown any specific detail or behaviour relating to this part of our community; either when they’re 6 or 60.
It is simply not right nor reasonable to do so and we should all stop this nonsense from pervading society.
The Government recently rejected a Petition to stop this activity:
This is what they said about the petition:
“It’s not clear what the petition is asking the UK Government or Parliament to do. We can’t accept your petition because we aren’t sure what action you would like the UK Government or Parliament to take.”
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