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Sun May 24 11:13:57 SAST 2015

School tells lesbian couple to split, else son faces expulsion

Sapa | 01 May, 2013 10:49
The gay pride flag. File photo.
Image by: STOYAN NENOV / REUTERS

An Mpumalanga lesbian couple has been told to split up, or their son will face expulsion from school, it was reported on Wednesday.

Legally married Samantha, 27, and Kally Mabe, 26, told The Star newspaper that they were called to a meeting with the principal of Secunda Highveld Christian School and were told their homosexuality was problematic.

They were also accused of falsifying the information stating their sexual orientation in the school's application letter.

"We never hid the fact that [our son] has two mothers and I filled in my details under the section in the form that asks for mother's details and Sam filled in the area that said 'Father/Guardian', but filled in her title as Mrs," the boy's biological mother Kally said.

The couple was initially summoned to the meeting last month, after the child told the teacher he had two mothers. Later, another meeting was called with a pastor present.

"The pastor said if they had known we were a lesbian couple, they would never have allowed our son in the school."

The school told The Star: "We are not going to speak to the press, if there is any information you will have to wait for a press release".

Mpumalanga's education department spokesman Jasper Zwane said that although the school was independent, they viewed such matters in a serious light and would investigate.

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