"The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) voted early Friday morning to add 'gender identity' and 'gender expression' to its code of conduct.
Critics say the move will compel Catholic students and teachers to submit to LGBT ideology that claims, contrary to Catholic teaching, that males can 'transition' into females and females into males.
The TCDSB trustees voted eight to four to add the terms, as well as 'marital status and family status,' to the code, which governs students and teachers. The Toronto Catholic District School Board is one of the largest boards in Canada with over 90,000 students.
According to the policy update, 'all members of the school community must: respect and treat others fairly, regardless of, for example, race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status or disability.'
Garry Tanuan, Michael Del Grande, Nancy Crawford and Teresa Lubinski voted against the policy amendment following a marathon seven-hour and often heated meeting that ended at 2 AM.
According to a TCDSB report submitted just before the meeting, the Archdiocese of Toronto has approved adding the terms with the proviso that these be 'interpreted through the lens of the Catholic faith.'
The report 'was the first time the archdiocese’s views on the matter had been made public,' reported the Toronto Star.
The report was 'the result of ongoing discussions behind the scenes between the archdiocese and board staff in trying to come up with language for TCDSB policy that follows the law and respects Catholic teaching,' according to the Star.
But Jack Fonseca of Campaign Life Coalition says 'there’s no such thing as ‘a Catholic lens,’ through which people can be taught to respect sin and embrace sin.'
'The resulting language is a betrayal of the Catholic faith and a form of apostasy,' said Fonseca, director of political operations for Campaign Life.
'Gender identity theory directly attacks the image of God in creation, which was created male and female, and an attack on the image of God is a form of apostasy,' he told LifeSiteNews."
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