The Lynn public school district this week severed an 11-year partnership with Gordon College, citing the college’s opposition to federal hiring protection for gays and lesbians. The move ended a partnership that had sent dozens of Gordon student volunteers into the city’s public schools.
The decision by the Lynn School Committee on Thursday is the latest in a wave of backlash against the small Christian college north of Boston since school president D. Michael Lindsay signed a letter to the White House last month seeking an exemption from President Obama’s executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating.
Lynn’s measure follows a decision by Salem officials who, in reaction to the college’s stance, ended a contract allowing Gordon College to use the city-owned Old Town Hall.
“Gordon needs to say, ‘I’m sorry for the request in the letter,’ ” School Committee member Charlie N. Gallo said at the committee's meeting, according to a video recording of the session.
It “shouldn't be incumbent upon Lynn public schools to train people in Gordon College not to discriminate,” said Gallo, who introduced the resolution ending the relationship.
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