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CT State DCF Pulls Gay-Friendly Info From Website

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The Connecticut Department of Children and Families has scrubbed all references to an LGBT cultural sensitivity program from its website in response to the threat of a lawsuit by Christian conservative groups.

“The Safe Harbor Project” is the product of a longstanding agreement between the Connecticut D-C-F and the state’s sexual minority youth group “True Colors.” It’s designed to offer LGBT ‘culturally competent’ training and support for foster and adoptive parents and care providers. Until last week, the Safe Harbor pages on D-C-F’s official website included a list of links to churches that are “open and affirming” to gay people. Not anymore.

The Family Institute of Connecticut complained that those links violated the separation of church and state and interfered with parents’ right to educate their children as they see fit. The Family Institute’s lawyers at the Christian conservative American Center for Law and Justice threatened to sue, demanding D-C-F “discontinue its endorsement of an alternative religious point of view that endorses the homosexual lifestyle.”

And so the Department last week removed the material. D-C-F spokesman Josh Howroyd told OutQ News on Friday that department lawyers “did find certain information on the site dealing with religious issues” that seemed to endorse religion. He explained the removal of ALL material relating to the Safe Harbor Project was an effort to “err on the side of caution” while all the content was reviewed. Howroyd said he did not know what the time frame would be for that process.

True Colors executive director Robin McHaelen told the Hartford Courant that the group is consulting with its attorneys.

-Tim Curran

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Written by OutQ News staff

July 20, 2009 at 7:15 AM

Posted in Uncategorized

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