Swift backlash hits Catholic school in Pa. that fired gay teacher who sought to wed partner

  • Article by: KATHY MATHESON , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 13, 2013 - 3:05 PM

PHILADELPHIA — Administrators at a Roman Catholic high school suffered a sharp and swift backlash this week after firing a well-liked teacher who sought to marry his same-sex partner.

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dutclinDec. 13, 13 2:18 PM

Yeah, fire gay teachers! Replace them with priests! Oh, wait...

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franknjackDec. 13, 13 3:48 PM

I've no problem with them firing him. It's a private, religious school, and they have that right. Rather than protest on FB, the protesters should stop giving to the school and its church. Money talks. Withholding funds would accomplish a lot more than any petition would.

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mmediaDec. 13, 13 3:54 PM

Sounds like more harm was done to the principal's ego because someone had an excuse to cut the meeting than was done to church doctrine.

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msimsiDec. 13, 13 4:55 PM

I believe in GLBT rights and marriage equality and I also agree with franknjack. The Catholic church is not a democracy. It can establish whatever rules it wants and you can decide to take them or leave them. I would suggest the petitioners withdraw their money, their children, and themselves rather than wasting the Church's time and their own time with a petition. There are other schools and other churches out there more compatible with your religious views that would enjoy your support.

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dr4golfDec. 13, 13 6:59 PM

Sorry, but if you choose to teach at a school that's doctrine doesn't align with your lifestyle, you subject yourself to termination. While I and you may not agree, that is the fact Jack. He invited his termination by publicizing his future nuptials.

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dentesterDec. 14, 13 8:46 AM

Here's an idea: If you're outraged by this, don't send your kids to school there. That'll show 'em.

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GjbrayDec. 14, 13 5:50 PM

He broke his contract. Let him teach at a school that has no morals - that would be most public schools. Suggestion - keep your private life private. Society must not cater to the 3% that are gay and want to change everyone else. If you rub your immoral lifestyle in someone's face, you should expect consequences whether you are gay or straight.

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smarterthanuDec. 15, 13 8:23 PM

No matter what your views are on this particular incident, a good word to live by is "discretion". For instance, I have been on my job for over 30 years and only a couple of people could tell you if I'm married or not and how many kids I have. No one at my place of employment has met my family. Get the drift?

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