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Missouri school axes meeting at church with anti-gay beliefs

August 5, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri school district has canceled plans to hold its back-to-school assembly at a local church with anti-gay beliefs.

The Kansas City Star reports Lee’s Summit teachers organized a protest against holding the assembly Wednesday at Abundant Life. Teachers in the Kansas City suburb planned to wear rainbow shirts and gay pride stickers.

The church’s faith statement says same-sex relationships are a “perversion of God’s natural order of one man for one woman.”

District spokeswoman Kelly Wachel says school leaders picked the church to hold the assembly because it was free and large enough to hold the district’s 2,200 employees.

But Wachel says administrators on Monday nixed the plan. She says school leaders didn’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable and wanted to demonstrate that they were listening to teachers’ complaints.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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