Church schools must support gay marriage says Govt integration tsar

Jan 12, 2017

Dame Louise Casey has labelled church schools supportive of traditional marriage as ‘homophobic’. She even likened them to the extremism exposed by the Trojan Horse scandal in Birmingham.

The Government’s integration tsar told a House of Commons select committee that the issues raised by Trojan Horse were “not okay”.

She then added, “the same way it is not okay for Catholic schools to be homophobic and anti-gay marriage”.

Casey then went on to accuse those opponents of gay marriage of using ‘religious conservatism as a veil for anti-equality views’.

This is one of the clearest indications so far of how the extremism agenda could be hijacked to marginalise those who take a stand for traditional marriage.

Watch Dame Louise’s comments

Read the transcript, q28 and q29

Her astonishing remarks come hot on the heels of her recommendation that everyone who holds public office should take an ‘equality oath’.

They also fly in the face of official guidance that teachers and schools do not need to support or endorse same-sex marriage.

It’s essential that we speak out when unelected advisers go beyond the law.

Believing that marriage is between one man and one woman doesn’t make you homophobic or an extremist. It’s Dame Louise Casey’s comments which are extreme!