A group of House Republicans, supported by the Family Research Council, has sent a letter to the White House calling for the removal of Kevin Jennings from his position as the head of the Education Department’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools (OSDFS).
The lawmakers alleged that Jennings, who is openly gay, promotes a pro-homosexual agenda among the nation’s schoolchildren, which does not agree with the values many parents want to impart to their children, according to the Washington Examiner.
"It is clear that Mr. Jennings lacks the appropriate qualifications and ethical standards to serve" as deputy secretary for the OSDFS, the letter states.
Conservatives have criticized Jennings for introducing gay themes into elementary school classrooms, being hostile to those who offer resources on how to overcome same-sex attraction and failing to report an incident involving an alleged sexual abuse of a student.
Critics also say he has never expressed regret over his own use of illegal drugs and alcohol in the past.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins supported the letter saying, "We applaud these 53 House members for seeking to uphold basic ethical standards within the Department of Education."
He added, "No administration official is more deserving of removal than Kevin Jennings."
President Obama appointed Jennings as head of the OSDFS last July.