School Scrubs Pro-Marriage Alum Ryan Anderson from its Facebook Page

By Published on April 17, 2015

Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation is having a big week. The Washington Post featured him as the new voice of the marriage movement. Young, smart, articulate, photogenic.

Naturally, his high school might be interested in what was a largely glowing profile of one of their grads, so the Friends School of Baltimore put the article on its Facebook page. And then, lickety-split, came the backlash and the school folded.

Some students and parents complained because Anderson supports the man-woman definition of marriage, so the headmaster took the article down and scrubbed all comments.

Though he later deleted this message, Head of School Matt Micciche said, “As many of you know, earlier today we posted a Washington Post article profiling a Friends School alumnus who is a prominent legal advocate opposing same-sex marriage. At 5:45 this evening, I removed that post from this page.”

He went on to say the article caused “anguish and confusion.” He said the “nature of [Anderson’s] views goes beyond abstract political ideology and calls into question the fitness of same-sex families to raise children and the right of gay and lesbian citizens to marry the person they love.”

As he was removing the Washington Post story because of the views held by Anderson, the Headmaster reiterated the school’s commitment to the “free flow of ideas” but said “human sentiments” trump that free flow.

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