GOProud Urges House to Pass DC School Choice Legislation

Today, GOProud, the only national organisation for gay conservatives and their allies, calls on the U.S. House of Representatives to pass HR 471, the SOAR Act.

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This legislation, sponsored by Speaker John Boehner, would restore and expand the school voucher program for low-income children in the District of Columbia. “Congress has an opportunity to empower parents and dramatically improve educational opportunities for low-income children in DC by passing this important legislation,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director of GOProud.

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“Speaker Boehner’s legislation builds on a successful education reform program that has yielded 91 percent student graduation rates for student participants,” continued LaSalvia. “Unfortunately, President Barack Obama is prioritizing loyalty to national teachers unions over the children and parents of DC by strongly opposing the District’s voucher program.”

GOProud also calls on gay left activist groups to immediately drop their misguided and dishonest attacks on the D.C. voucher program. In recent days, representatives from left-wing gay groups have dishonestly claimed that school vouchers are anti-gay, because they allow some children to attend religious schools. “School choice isn’t anti-gay, indeed, it’s just the opposite,” continued LaSalvia. “By empowering parents to have more control over their children’s educational future, we give all parents – including gay and lesbian parents – the opportunity to provide a better life for their sons and daughters.”

“Liberal opponents of school choice shouldn’t dishonestly use ‘gay rights’ as a weapon to destroy a program that improves education for low-income children in D.C.,” concluded LaSalvia. “We call on Congress to ignore this ploy, expand the effective D.C. school voucher program and give children hope for a brighter future.”

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