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Originally published Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 11:44 AM

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Teacher's political button spurs parent protest

A lesbian mother has started an online petition drive urging the Port Angeles School District to prohibit politicking by teachers after an instructor wore a "No on 74" button in her daughter's eighth-grade classroom.

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PORT ANGELES, Wash. —

A lesbian mother has started an online petition drive urging the Port Angeles School District to prohibit politicking by teachers after an instructor wore a "No on 74" button in her daughter's eighth-grade classroom.

Superintendent Jane Pryne told The Peninsula Daily News (http://is.gd/MnNPfQ) the district already has a policy regarding politics in the classroom and the issue has been addressed.

Port Angeles parent Cynthia Deford, whose daughter attends Steven Middle School, says she wants more to be done. She wants an apology and sensitivity training for teachers.

Neither Pryne nor Deford would identify the teacher, who Deford identified online as being a man who teaches math.

Referendum 74, which legalized gay marriage in Washington, won with 53 percent of the statewide vote.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com

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