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09/02/2014 12:29 pm ET Updated Sep 02, 2014

School District Cuts Ties With Gordon College Over Anti-Gay Request

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A public school district in Massachusetts cut ties with Gordon College following the private Christian institution's request for the legal ability to discriminate against LGBT community.

Gordon President D. Michael Lindsay signed onto a letter asking the Obama administration for an exemption from an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay employees. It sparked a backlash, even as Lindsay attempted to explain that although the Massachusetts college was requesting the legal ability based on religion to discriminate, it had no plans to do so.

In response, Lynn public school district ended a partnership that sent Gordon student volunteers into the city's schools as mentors and tutors, the Boston Business Journal reports.

“Gordon needs to say, 'I'm sorry for the request in the letter,'" Lynn School Committee member Charlie N. Gallo said at a meeting Thursday, according to the Boston Globe.

A Gordon spokesman told the Business Journal it's a "big deal" for them, and they'll need to the volunteer program.

"I would say it's on hold," Gordon spokesman Rick Sweeney said. "We're evaluating the opportunities we have within the city of Lynn."

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