Posted: June 5, 2012 by Ty in Spirituality

National Post | Life

Six months after the Ontario Liberal government proposed legislation to combat bullying, the legislature on Tuesday voted Bill 13, the Accepting Schools Act, into law.

It was the latest — but not the last, observers say — stage in what has become a divisive debate over gay rights versus the right of the Catholic Church to control its own agenda in its own schools. In particular, the debate centres on a clause in Bill 13 that says gay students could form support clubs called gay-straight alliances, GSAs, or club of another name.

In a statement on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Ontario, Cardinal Thomas Collins, head of the Archdiocese of Toronto, expressed “serious concerns about certain aspects” of the bill.

“Recognizing that the Accepting Schools Act is now the law, Catholic partners will seek, as we have always done, in a way that is in accord with our faith…

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