A daycare in Lenzburg, Switzerland, is under fire after they refused to enroll Stefan and his husband Rosha’s 3 ½-year-old twins because the couple is gay.
The daycare’s director reportedly told Stefan that “children can be very mean, and that’s why she didn’t want to welcome the kids of a gay couple,” reports Swiss newspaper 20 Minutes.
The person in charge of the reception center said that such a family configuration was “neither normal nor natural,” reports the news outlet.
A playgroup is a type of daycare that’s usually for only part of the day and focuses on socializing kids before they attend preschool, according to LGBTQ Nation.
Christoph Hofstetter, Lenzberg’s municipal chancellor, said that the private playgroup does not receive any public money and therefore doesn’t have to accept the children of gay parents.
“This behavior is discriminatory,” regrets Regula Aeschbach, president of the Argovian daycare centers.
“This case shows that protection against hatred and discrimination is a necessity. If these children had Jewish parents, such an exclusion would already be punishable,” said lawyer and Vice President of Wybernet – a lesbian professional network – Cordula Niklaus.
Local activists held a kiss-in this past Saturday to protest the discrimination.
Stefan and Rocha said they do not know yet whether they will contact another daycare center or whether they will wait until the twins are old enough to go to school next year.
“It’s good that our case led to a discussion about homophobia in society,” Stefan said. “We hope that no other gay or lesbian couple will have to face the same discrimination that we did.”