Source: Asheville Citizen-Times
Elizabeth Meininger and her wife decided to enroll their children at Berean Baptist Academy in Fayetteville. Unfortunately for them, Berean alerted the couple that their children would not be accepted to the school. “According to Elizabeth, school officials said Berean only accepted Christian families and the Meiningers couldn’t be Christian if they were gay,” the Citizen-Times reports.
Deciding who could or couldn’t attend the school was not a surprise to Elizabeth, she says, but the fact that the schools enjoy hundreds of thousands in taxpayer funding through vouchers did.
“But some of these schools are getting money from the state and still able to discriminate, and it’s kind of wonky. You don’t get to get the benefits and then get to make the rules about the benefits,” she said.
According to the Citizen-Times, at least six of the eight largest recipients of voucher money “have explicit policies against students or parents who are homosexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming.”
“I should have the right to see my tax dollars not go to an institution that labels me as an abomination,” said Craig White, a bisexual man who works as the supportive schools coordinator at the Campaign for Southern Equality.
Lt. Governor Dan Forest was one of the largest supporters of HB2, the discriminatory bathroom bill that cost North Carolina over $3.76 billion in lost business. He is also in favor of school vouchers.