Saturday, July 18, 2015

Catholic school teacher in PA after now legal same-sex marriage, stirring controversy

A private Catholic school’s director of religious education, Margie Winters, was fired after the school learned of her legal same-sex wedding and apparently someone complained.  The school was Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion, PA near Philadelphia. Chris Brennan and Kathy Boccella have a Philadelphia Inquirer story here.  Some parents have threatened to withdraw over the firing!
Winters appeared on Smerconish on CNN Saturday morning.
The Catholic League has its own take on these firings, treating this as a kind of “conflict of interest” here.  You cannot teach for a private organization and represent its views and then behave in a manner that contradicts these views.
I experienced my own version of this “conflict of interest” with respect to the military ban issue in the 1990s, explained here (Feb. 4, 2014) on my Wordpress “do ask do tell notes” blog. 

Smercomish mentioned this morning that the EEOC may be moving toward a defacto protection of gays and lesbians in the private workplace.  This is what EEOC says now.

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