Denver Catholic Archdiocese Challenges : The Denver Catholic Archdiocese is challenging Colorado’s Universal Preschool Program in court for violating state law.
The Denver Catholic Archdiocese sued the Colorado Department of Early Childhood and Universal Preschool Program. Justice was amazed by this move. How are they saying it? That the state’s preschool anti-discrimination statute violates their First Amendment rights.
The Denver Catholic Diocese and two Catholic preschools believe the program’s requirement to accept applications from people of any faith, sexual orientation, or gender identity goes against Catholic teaching. The main argument against this rule is that it violates the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause by hindering the Universal Preschool Program for youngsters.
The events occurred elsewhere. The bishop suggested treating gay parents and transgender pupils differently in 2019. He said Catholic schools shouldn’t accept gay parents. Colorado’s Universal Preschool Program, modified by Time, will be law in 2022. As the program expands, eligible families can get state funding for at least 15 hours of weekly preschool.
The Littleton St. Mary Catholic Parish and Lakewood St. Bernadette Catholic Parish are gaining importance in the investigation. The case confirms that Catholic school employees must adhere to Catholic beliefs by contract. Catholic morality requires parents to share the community’s worldview on life, marriage, and human sexuality.
Despite the stress, the Governor’s office seems calm. The office says it’s unfortunate that some adults want to control preschool, possibly to exclude gay parents. The Governor’s office supports family choice and a universal, varied, autonomous, and non-discriminatory delivery system. This would make preschool free for all kids, regardless of income.
The diocese says its schools’ non-participation in the Universal Preschool Program hinders low-income families from attending preferred schools. Their main argument in court is that the state wrongly took over the preschool industry.
Nick Reaves, the plaintiffs’ attorney, passionately presents the case. Reaves is upset: “Colorado is abandoning parents needing preschool help.” Because the ideal schools for their kids. The case sparks passionate opinions and fights for justice. It seeks a jury hearing to reverse the disputed rule.