OTTAWA, Ontario, May 31, 2012 ( – A national pro-family organization has denounced the Ontario government’s decision last week to force schools, whether separate or public, to allow gay-straight alliances (GSA).

“While nearly everyone believes more should be done to stop bullying, this sharp action shows that even consensus issues can be mangled in the political sphere,” wrote Peter Jon Mitchell, senior researcher at the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada in a public policy analysis released today.

The government’s decision came as a rebuke to Ontario’s Catholic bishops who conceded to allowing homosexual clubs within Catholic schools, but drew a line in the sand over the use of the GSA name, saying that the name is “not acceptable in Catholic schools.”

In his piece tilted “Does anti-bullying legislation work?” Mitchell pointed out that the entire debate surrounding McGuinty’s controversial Bill 13 has “obscur[ed] the reality that legislating against bullying may not actually stop bullies”.

Mitchell noted how every province has some measure in place to address bullying, yet despite Ontario spending $150 million on its own safe school programs between 2007 and 2010, the issue remains what he called a “serious problem”.

He pointed to the United States’


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