Parents take Citipointe Christian College to Human Rights Commission over anti-LGBT contracts
Brisbane-based Citipointe Christian College, which issued a controversial student enrollment contract earlier this year describing homosexuality as a ‘sin’ and reserving the right to fire gay and trans students, has been dragged before the Queensland Human Rights Commission.
Parents and former students at the school filed discrimination complaints on Thursday against now-withdrawn anti-LGBTQI student enrollment contracts, reports The Guardian.
The updated registration contract was published on January 28, just days before former Prime Minister Scott Morrison tried to push parliament to pass his anti-LGBTQI Religious Discrimination Bill. The bill was shelved indefinitely after Labour, Independent and five Liberal MPs voted to add amendments to protect gay and trans students.
Public backlash against anti-LGBTQI student contracts
The enrollment contract for students at the Christian school compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia. “We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including but not limited to adultery, fornication, homosexual acts, bisexual acts, bestiality, incest, pedophilia and pornography) is a sin and offensive to God and destructive to human relations and society”, contract stated.
The updated contract asked parents to agree to enroll students solely on the basis of their “biological sex” and aallowed the school to expel students for coming out as gay or transgender.
A public backlash forced the school to withdraw the contract, and senior pastor Brian Mulheran resigned following the controversy.
In February, the school also asked teachers to sign a contract to work under the statement of faith of the International Network of Churches that runs the school and threatened to fire them for being openly LGBTQI. The employment contract was also terminated.
The complaint will send a strong signal to other schools
According to lawyer Matilda Alexander and the boss of Queensland’s LGBTI+ Legal Service, the listing contract breached Queensland’s anti-discrimination laws. Alexander told the ABC that one of the reasons for filing the complaint was “to send a strong signal to schools and the community that this kind of behavior is not acceptable and has consequences in the law.”
Parents who made the complaints said they wanted to make sure no school in Australia thought the introduction of such contracts was acceptable.