Tallahassee, Fla., Jan 31, 2020 / 15:00 pm
Two major banks withdrew support for a Florida scholarship program this week after deciding that the policies of some participating Christian schools were not sufficiently "inclusive" of LGBT students.
On Jan. 23, the Orlando Sentinel published an investigative report claiming that 156 Christian schools with "anti-LGBT" policies benefited from a state scholarship program "Step Up for Students."
The policies that the Sentinel drew attention to reportedly ranged from "schools that refuse to admit LGBTQ students" to a claim that a student was expelled when the school learned of their identification with their same-sex attraction. Seventy-three of the schools, the Sentinel reported, "call being gay or transgender a biblical sin."
A subsequent Jan. 28 editorial by the Sentinel's editorial board named several corporations that made tax-credited contributions to the scholarship fund. The board said that by doing so, the corporations were "approving or accepting of private-school discrimination."