BEDFORD -- Olivia Harrison's pink Hello Kitty backpack and matching lunchbox were ready for her first day at St. Vincent's School. And all summer, when her family drove past the campus, the 4-year-old was told that she would be starting pre-kindergarten there in August.
But on Monday, Olivia was not among the youngsters starting school at the campus. Administrators at the private Christian school denied her admission because her parents are lesbians.
Jill and Tracy Harrison, who married in Canada in 2006, filled out an application in June. But last week, the women were told that Olivia could not enroll because the church doesn't recognize their marriage.
"The canons of our church take a traditional stand on Christian marriage," St. Vincent's School chaplain Randall Foster said. "We didn't want to send the tacit message that we endorse the relationship. We cannot do anything that would give legitimacy to same-sex relationships."
The Harrisons have found a new, nonreligious school for their daughter. But they said they are disappointed that their relationship became a factor in her admission.
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