05/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

A Prom Canceled, A Preschooler Expelled: What We Are Teaching America's Youth

"Don't ask, don't tell."

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Proposition 8.

These are just a few of the examples of policies brought to light by the media in recent months that leave many Americans feeling like second-class citizens without the rights that their peers and colleagues take for granted. While every member of the LGBT community is affected by the outcome of these initiatives, most of us felt assured that today's youth would be safe -- at least for now -- from the repercussions of our nation's homophobic policies. This year, however, as our nation enters a new decade, we've watched young people -- as young as 4 years old -- be affected by the existence of homophobia in America.

This month, a preschooler at the Sacred Heart of Jesus catholic school in Boulder, Colo., was expelled from school and told he was not allowed to return for kindergarten because he is being raised by two mothers who identify as lesbians. Unsurprisingly and unfortunately, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput held up the school's expulsion, saying, "Sexual intimacy outside marriage is wrong... and marriage can only occur between a man and a woman." If the name Charles J. Chaput sounds familiar, it might be because he is the same "heroic Catholic" who told his congregation in 2004 that anyone who voted for John Kerry in the presidential election would be deemed a sinner and would have to confess before taking their next communion.

Today, Chaput says the "sinners" are two lesbian mothers, but the punishment falls on their child. The preschooler, not understanding the reason for this fate, was immediately forced to accept the loss of his friends, teachers, and community. He is now left without a plan for future education...