NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A non-denominational private school in Nashville turned down two children because their parents are two gay men.
Brian Copeland of Nashville posted a letter from a top official at Davidson Academy on Facebook. The letter has been shared more than 200 times.
In the letter, Copeland is told the school decided to cancel a visit he had planned to visit the Madison-area school after the school learned his two children were being raised in a two-father household.
Copeland, a Nashville real estate agent, is married to Greg Bullard, pastor of Covenant of the Cross in Madison. They have two children, a son who is entering pre-kindergarten and an 8-month-old daughter.
The letter said the school was founded by Christians and operated in the Christian tradition based on "clear tenets of faith and practice." It pointed to the school's admission policy stated in its handbook, saying, "Just as you believe strongly in affirming all persons who worship at your church, we believe strongly in a strict interpretation of the scriptures regarding the institution of marriage.
"Another education provider would be a better fit for your children. Therefore, we cannot grand admission to your children."
Copeland shared the letter on his Facebook page to "let his friends know that discrimination affects people you know and love. And that still hurts."
Facebook users expressed a variety of comments.
"If they discriminated across the board that would be different, but I'm sure there are kids enrolled from adulterous parents, alcoholic parents, drug-addicted parents, etc.," Greg Moore wrote. "But those folks won't be called out because there are more of them than homosexual parents."
"Sodomy is sickness," Jeffrey Barber wrote. "Nothing Godly about this subject. Sickness, pure evil at work."
"I do have a question for the fathers - if the school teaches that homosexuality is wrong, why would you want your children to go there?" Tammy Reeves wrote.
Channel 4 reached out to officials at Davidson Academy for comment. They had not responded by deadline.