Miami Catholic School Teacher Fired For Marrying Same-Sex Partner

Openly gay Catholic school teacher in Miami fired after getting married

Openly gay Catholic school teacher in Miami fired after getting married

In their eyes, I'm not the right kind of Catholic for my choice of partner, ' she wrote.

About 20 parents gathered at the school to demand answers and protest Ms Morffi's sacking, on Friday morning.

"We were extremely livid", one parent told the Miami Herald. They treated her like a criminal, they didn't even let her get her things out of her classroom, ' said Cintia Cini, who has a child in Morffi's class. Cini said that the parents did not know but do not care about Morffi's sexual orientation.

However, an attorney representing the former teacher says she is considering her next steps. The teaching contract apparently has a moral turpitude clause that was invoked. Agosta said it was the archdioceses policy not to discuss personnel matters.

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

"When they sign the contract, the agreement is to follow policies, procedures and teachings of the Catholic Church".

As church representatives, all employees are to abide by Catholic teachings, the memo explained.

"Employees should exercise discretion when posting on social media sites, and note that online activity indicative of prohibitive behaviors may subject an employee to disciplinary action or termination".

Miami-Dade County has an ordinance that prevents discrimination based on sexual orientation, but it makes an exception for religious institutions. The Florida state antidiscrimination law is not LGBT-inclusive. "But its even more important to pass comprehensive statewide protections". Then, on Thursday, the seven-year veteran teacher was abruptly fired by the school's principal.

Friend Katerina Reyes-Gutierrez detailed how Morffi married Hass after dating for two years and returned to work on Wednesday. She was called into the principals office that afternoon and told that she had to resign.

While many rallied behind the teacher on social media, there were some who agreed with the school's decision.

The school also sent a letter home to parents confirming the news.

A group of furious parents say Morffi is a role-model for their children.

"Please know that your child's education is of the utmost concern for us and throughout the next days and weeks your child's daily school routine will not be disrupted as Ms Morffi's replacement will be selected very soon".

"This educator specifically has made such a commitment to the school". She never imposes her personal beliefs on others.

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