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Document Type

Article

First Page

58

Abstract

The US Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) had far-reaching consequences for Christian businesses, organizations, and ministries. As the rapidly changing socio-political environment embraces LGBTQ concerns, private religious schools must prepare to address new types of admission decisions. The purpose of this qualitative, exploratory study was to determine whether private religious schools have codified policies in place that specifically address the admission of students from same-sex families and homosexual or transgender students. The results of a nationwide, online survey of 61 private religious schools as well as semi-structured interviews of five religious school administrators revealed that almost 73% of Christian schools do not have a policy in place to guide admission decisions regarding children from homosexual families or children with same-sex attractions or gender dysphoria. The interview results from this study provide insights that may help private, faith-based school administrators develop written admission policies that promote balance between litigation concerns and the desire to serve the public with fairness and compassion.

A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF PRIVATE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL ADMISSION POLICIES REGARDING HOMOSEXUALITY AND TRANSGENDERISM

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