Catholic School Fires Lesbian Teacher Over Same Sex Marriage

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Jocelyn Morffi (right) married her girlfriend.

They had a welcome bash at the Florida wedding venue on Friday, a goodbye barbecue on Sunday and their seaside nuptials in between.

Katerina Reyes-Gutierrez, a friend of Morffi, told the Miami Herald that the principal called Morffi into the office on Wednesday and asked her to resign.

Jocelyn Morffi was let go from her first-grade teaching job at Saints Peter and Paul school, Miami, on Thursday.

She said: "This weekend, I married the love of my life and, unfortunately, I was terminated from my job as a result". In their eyes, I'm not the right kind of Catholic for my choice of partner, ' she wrote.

A letter was sent from the school to parents, on Thursday, but it failed to go into detail as to why Morffi was sacked.

It said only that "a hard and necessary decision" had been made regarding Morffi, but it didn't provide details. One parent even considered withdrawing her child from the school in light of recent developments, the Miami Herald reported.

A group of approximately 20 parents convened on the school's campus and demanded an explanation from the principal, on Friday.

"We were extremely livid", one parent told the Miami Herald.


One parent, Samantha Mills, who had a child who was in Morffi's class previous year said: 'This teacher in particular has made such a contribution to the school. They praised her as "a great teacher" and said they were aware of her sexual orientation and that it made no difference. "She has a way of teaching that is so incredible", one of the parents said.

Mrs Morffi has little legal recourse following the public sacking.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski sent a memo to employees reminding them of the Archdiocese of Miami's policy after judges lifted Florida's ban on same-sex marriage in 2015.

The letter said employees who didn't obey could be punished, even terminated, for such activities "even if it occurs outside the normal working day and outside the strict confines of work performed by the employee for the Archdiocese". Any conduct "inconsistent" with that could result in disciplinary action, including termination. "But if you're gay, forget about it. Love is love".

Republicans in Congress continue to block federal anti-discrimination protections to protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and state-level Republicans in many states also take a hardline approach.

Meanwhile, the school is standing by its policy. The school says Morffi broke the terms of her contract.

"As a teacher in a Catholic school their responsibility is partly for the spiritual growth of the children,".

Now, parents at Sts. "The way they handled this was just unbelievable".

One parent of an understudy instructed by Morffi told the daily paper that guardians were incensed.

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