A same-sex couple is outraged after their daughter’s school said she could no longer attend because of their marriage.
Jennifer and Emily Parker officially adopted Jennifer’s 5-year-old niece Zoey on August 3. The girl’s father died in an industrial accident in 2020, KPLC reported.
Zoey attended Bible Baptist Academy in DeQuincy, Louisiana, for pre-K and was due to start kindergarten on Monday.
But at the weekend, the Parkers were told that Zoey could no longer attend.
Emily Parker shared her outrage in a post on Facebook, writing that school officials called the couple for a meeting “TWO days before school starts to tell us that they can not educate our child due to the fact that we are a married same sex couple. Even though this isn’t her first year to attend.”
During the meeting with the school’s principal and pastor, Emily Parker told KPLC, the pastor “started talking about gender identification and that they teach the words of the Lord and marriage was between a man and a women. They didn’t think this was a good fit.”
In a statement posted on the school’s website, Bible Baptist Academy said the school is “committed to instructing and living in accordance with the teachings of Scripture.”
The statement added that there “are times where our commitment to upholding our Christian values will not line up with the values of other people. This should not be interpreted that we have any hatred or malice toward them. We are just as committed to loving all people as we are to holding to Bible principles that people may not agree with or may not understand. BBA is committed to academic excellence with rich Scriptural instruction.”
But on Facebook, Emily Parker slammed the school as a “disappointment.”
“You know what you just taught my daughter? How truly judgmental your church is. How unforgiving and unrelenting you are,” Emily Parker wrote. “I was angry, hurt, embarrassed but I am not anymore. Now, I am thankful. Thankful you will not mold my tiny human’s brain to be anything like you. I will teach my child to love EVERYONE just like you say your God is supposed to.
“My child has lost so much. Her mother, her father, her whole life has been wrenched away before her 5th birthday. And now… her education, her friends, and her teachings of the God that she loves and I support.”
In a separate post on Facebook, Jennifer Parker wrote: “Our hearts are broken. We love the community of DeQuincy and never thought this would happen to us.”
Newsweek reached out to the Parkers and Bible Baptist Academy for further comment.