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Lesbian couple must break-up or face school expelling son

DEFIANT: Kally and Samantha Mabe have refused to split or take their son from the school

A SAME-SEXED married couple in South Africa have been informed that their sexual orientation is so “problematic” that their son could be expelled from school, unless they break-up.

Kally, 26, and Samantha Mabe, 27, were forced into the dilemma by the principal and pastor at their five-year-old son’s school, the Secunda Highveld Christian School in Mpumalanga, which is near the east coast of the country, close to Durban.

The married pair was also accused of falsifying information on their son’s application letter, thereby misleading the school’s admission staff about the nature of the marriage.

However, the Mabes deny any wrongdoing – Kally told Gay Star News: “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 his mother’s details and Sam filled in the area that said ‘Father/Guardian’, but filled in her title as Mrs’”.

South Africa has reformed its marriage laws to recognise the union of same-sexed, and the couple legally wed and say they have been open about their relationship.

Regarding the meeting in which they were called to at the school with the head teacher and pastor, Kally said: “The pastor said if they had known we were a lesbian couple, they would never have allowed our son in the school.

“He said the school was a Christian private school that offered alternative education of Christian values for children of normal husbands and wives, and that we were trying to rewrite the school rules and compromising their values.

“He said I could either walk away from my lifestyle and have him stay at the school, or I should take the child out of the school, because he was worried that other children would make fun of him or isolate him”, the mother added.

According to the Gay Star News, the couple refused to break-up or take their son out of the school, which resulted in the pastor threatening legal action.

The school declined to comment to the publication, but an education spokesman for the region, Jasper Zwane, told the news source: “We view such matters in a very serious light, and even though the school is independent, we will still find out what happened and make sure that whoever worked outside the legal framework is brought to book”.

The school’s official website claims that it teaches “traditional moral values and Biblical principles in the life of each student”.

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