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School to appeal rejection of voucher program application

A private Baptist school will appeal a decision by Denver-area officials to reject its voucher program application because the school would expel homosexuals.

Rodolfo Gomez, principal of Silver State Baptist School in Lakewood, said the separate rulings this month by Denver Public Schools and Jefferson County officials were unfair and contradicted the purpose of the state voucher plan.

However, a school board can reject a private school's application if it advocates or fosters unlawful behavior or teaches hatred of a person or group. Silver State's policy requires automatic dismissal for premarital sex, homosexuality and "sexual perversion."

Gomez said the school has not had an openly gay student in its 39-year history, but if an openly homosexual person did enroll, he or she would be counseled before a decision is made on whether to expel the student.

_ Associated Press