Two years after marriage was redefined in Massachusetts, David Parker’s son brought home a book from his kindergarten classroom. The book was designed to celebrate and normalize homosexuality and same-sex marriages.
The following year, Rob and Robin Wirthlin had a similar experience when their seven year old son, and his class, were read a book about the marriage of two homosexual characters.
The parents requested prior notification and the opportunity to opt out when the subject of sexuality was being discussed. Their request was rejected.
Soon after Parker met with the school principal and the curriculum director to discuss the issue. Frustrated by their dismissive response to parental concerns, Parker refused to leave the meeting until the issue was resolved. Eventually, the school had Parker arrested.
In 2006 Parker and other concerned parents filed a civil rights lawsuit against the school, which a Federal District Judge dismissed. According to the judge, teaching six and seven year old children about homosexuality helps to make them better citizens of a diverse society.
The judge gave them three options: remove their children from public schools, home school, or try to elect a new school board.
On March 21, 2013, David Parker testified in the Rhode Island State House on how same-sex marriage affected the schools in Massachusetts.
During his speech, Parker warned that same-sex marriage is being used to “force affirmation on society” and “manipulate our children into embracing and celebrating homosexuality as a form of diversity.”