GREENBELT, MD — (08-25-23) — Maryland district judge Deborah Boardman, denied parents’ appeal to reinstate an opt-out policy for the LGBT Curriculum in Montgomery County Public Schools on Thursday, striking a blow to anti-LGBTQ activists.

The case, Tamer Mahmoud v. Monica B. McKnight, was filed over the district’s May decision to rescind its opt-out policy for LGBT curriculum. Parents claimed that it violated their right to direct the religious instruction of their children. Unfortunately their religion supports bigotry.

judge Deborah Boardman concluded that, “the plaintiffs’ asserted due process right to direct their children’s upbringing by opting out of a public-school curriculum that conflicts with their religious views is not a fundamental right.”

Parents also sought a preliminary injunction that would authorize opt-out options once schools opened on August 28. However judge Deborah Boardman denied that as well.

“Because the plaintiffs have not established any of their claims is likely to succeed on the merits, the Court need not address the remaining preliminary injunction factors. Nonetheless, because a constitutional violation is not likely or imminent, it follows that the plaintiffs are not likely to suffer imminent irreparable harm, and the balance of the equities and the public interest favor denying an injunction to avoid undermining the School Board’s legitimate interests in the no-opt-out policy . . . The plaintiffs seek the same relief pending appeal as in their preliminary injunction motion: an injunction that requires the Board to provide advance notice and opt-outs from instruction involving the storybooks and family life and human sexuality. For the reasons stated in this opinion, the Court cannot conclude the plaintiffs are likely to succeed on the merits of an appeal. The plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction pending appeal is denied.” —Judge Deborah Boardman

Parents could opt their children out of gender and sexuality lessons until March, when the district banned the option.

Representated by Becket Law, religious families filed a lawsuit against the Montgomery County Public Schools last spring, claiming the policy violates their First Amendment right to guide the religious instruction of their children.

Becket senior counsel, Eric Baxter said that the school board “should let kids be kids and let parents parent.”

“Today, the district court decided parents have no right to notice when extreme ideology is pushed on their elementary-age children during story hour,” Baxter tweeted. “With the new school year beginning, the case is on the fast track to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals—and the parents plan to appeal the decision.” said Baxter.

Baxter continued his hate speech by tweeting “Children are entitled to enjoy a period of innocence and be guided by their own parents on how and when to approach the complex and sensitive issues being pushed by the School Board,” said Baxter.

The district’s LGBTQ curriculum introduces pre-K through eighth grade students to “inclusivity” books that contain references to gay pride parades, gender transition, and pronoun preference.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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