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Prairie Village’s St. Anne’s Catholic School banned the child of a gay couple from attending their kindergarten. Now, almost 1,000 people have signed a petition urging the church leaders to admit the student.

The school argued that though the church says to treat gay people with dignity, gay parents are inconsistent with the church’s teachings, Superintendent Kathy O’Hara said. The petition points out that the school admits students who aren’t Catholic, which would go against their teachings, according to The Kansas City Star.

“Respectfully, we believe that the decision to deny a child of God access to such a wonderful community and education, based on the notion that his or her parent’s union is not in accordance with the Church’s teaching in Sacramental marriage, lacks the compassion and mercy of Christ’s message,” the petition says, according to the Star.

The school’s pastor, Rev. Craig J. Maxim, said he will consult the Archdiocese of Kansas City further on the decision.