Revise State-Funded Scholarship Program to Prevent Discrimination Based on Sexuality

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Target: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal

Goal: Ensure that state dollars do not fund scholarships that discriminate against people based on their sexuality

Despite the progressive moves in certain states that have legalized gay marriage, there are still states within the nation that are adamant in keeping their traditions.  In the state of Georgia, private school systems are still barring homosexual children and teenagers from attending their institutions. On top of that, if any current student decides to reveal his/her sexuality, he/she can and most likely will be expelled. This policy is very controversial since it happens under a private religious institution where rules and guidelines are self-constructed and thus, cannot really be forced to change. However, these schools are also receiving scholarship funds that come from the state and thus, the state is indirectly supporting homophobia. The scholarship program must revise its guidelines to ensure that state dollars do not go to institutions that discriminate against people based on their sexuality.

With all due respect to people’s beliefs, discrimination against others for whatever reasons is ignorant and narrow-minded. The state’s tax credit program allows state funds to be used as private school scholarships for students coming from lower-income families. This scholarship program enrolls students into private institutions at a lower tuition. Although scholarships seem to be beneficial for all, over 100 of the private schools under the program are religious institutions that do not allow gay students to attend their schools. According to the New York Times, one of the policies states: “Homosexual behavior, whether an ‘immoral act’ or ‘identifying statement,’ is incompatible with enrollment at Cherokee Christian Schools and is a basis for dismissal.”

State-funded scholarships should not discriminate against anyone. Race, sexuality, gender, and many more factors should not define a student’s ability to perform at a private school. According to the Southern Education Foundation, at least 115 religious private schools have these antigay policies. The state-funded scholarship program must revise its guidelines and take a stand against the private institutions that are still discriminating against people based on their sexuality.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Nathan Deal,

As Governor of Georgia, it is important to ensure that Georgians are not being discriminated against for any reason. The state’s tax credit program turns state funds into scholarships for private schools. Over 115 of the private schools are religious and hold antigay policies, and thus, they do not enroll homosexual students.

These scholarship funds are coming from the state and thus, the state is indirectly supporting homophobia. It is important that the state’s money is not being used for such hatred. People should be able to attend school without worrying about being expelled if their sexuality comes out. The scholarship program must be revised to prevent discrimination.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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