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Demonstrators from both sides expected as David Parker's federal civil rights lawsuit against Lexington school officials begins Wednesday in Boston
Aggressive arguments expected at hearing on Motion to Dismiss by defendants
If allowed to proceed, trial could have reverberations across America
WALTHAM MA. (FEB. 6, 2007) Parents from Lexington and elsewhere -- as well as homosexual activists opposing them -- are expected to demonstrate at the Joseph Moakley Courthouse on Wednesday as David Parker's federal civil rights lawsuit against Lexington school officials begins.
On Wednesday Judge Mark Wolf is expected to hear oral arguments over the defendants' motion to dismiss the case. The Parkers' lawyer, Jeffrey Denner, has indicated that they will vigorously defend the Parkers' ability to take the case to trial. In October, the ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, and other pro-homosexual groups filed a blistering amicus brief against the Parkers' parental rights in the case.
The incident has been widely reported in local and national media across the country. In April, 2005, David Parker was arrested and spent the night in jail over the Lexington school system's refusal to inform him when adults discuss homosexuality or transgenderism with his 6-year-old son. Later, when parents Rob and Robin Wirthlin found out that the schools had read the homosexual romance book King and King to their second-grade son, the Wirthlins were also told that they had no power to interfere. The Parkers and Wirthlins have joined in a civil rights lawsuit over the matter.
The Lexington superintendent of schools, Paul Ash, has appeared on local and national media defending his decision not to allow parents to be notified nor remove their children when such instruction or discussion by adults is taking place. Ash also published an article in the local Lexington newspaper claiming that such subject matter is not covered under the state's Parental Notification Law (M.G.L. Ch. 71, Sec. 32A).
For more information on the Parker incident, and legal briefs from both parties:
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Moakley Federal Courthouse, South Boston
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