EUGENE, Oregon, August 5, 2004 ( – A lesbian couple has sued a Catholic school and its parish after their daughter was refused admittance.

After describing her irregular domestic arrangement to school principal Dianne Bert last year, Lee Inkmann was told her daughter would not be allowed to attend O’Hara Catholic School, because the lesbian relationship conflicted with Church doctrine, and could be confusing to other pupils. Inkmann and partner Trish Wilson are suing for $550,000 in damages, naming the school principal, as well as pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church Fr. Mark Bachmeier, in their claim.  Archdiocesan spokesman Bud Bunce told the Associated Press that the “archdiocese plans a vigorous defense . . . it is believed that this situation was handled appropriately. The lawsuit filed includes numerous false statements of fact, and is believed to be totally without merit,” Bunce said.

Send comments to St.Mary’s Church: [email protected] O’Hara Catholic School principal, Dianne Bert: [email protected] Archdiocesan spokesman Bud Bunce: [email protected]   tv