Parents cry foul over Catholic teachers’ plans to march in WorldPride

(Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

(Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 5:00 PM ET

TORONTO — The union representing the province's Catholic school teachers should not have an official presence at the WorldPride 2014 Parade, a parents’ group says.

Teresa Pierre, president of Parents As First Educators, said a petition has launched in response to a Catholic Register report that the church leadership is opposed to plans by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association to send a delegation to the event, which will be held in Toronto on June 29.

The petition, which drew more than 1,000 signatures over Easter weekend, urges the Ontario Catholic school trustees to demand OECTA change course, she said.

Parents were unhappy with a previous decision by OECTA to support Gay-Straight Alliances, or "activist" clubs, within the schools, she said.


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