John M. Becker

Arkansas Catholic Schoolteacher Fired On Wedding Day

Filed By John M. Becker | October 21, 2013 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Catholic attacks on LGBT rights, Catholic Church, Chad Griffin, gay marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

hrc_tippi_barb.jpgThe Catholic Church's unholy crusade against LGBT people continues. HRC President Chad Griffin writes about an appalling incident in his home state of Arkansas:

I'm heading home to Arkansas to be with two remarkable women -- Tippi [McCullough] and Barb [Mariani], as they return from their honeymoon. Instead of coming home with aluminum cans dragging from the back of their car, they return to an uncertain future with Tippi having been told her marriage to Barb is grounds for termination at the Catholic high school where she's taught for 14 years.

Unbelievably Tippi got the call from her principal moments after they celebrated the joy of their wedding. Along with her new spouse, Tippi decided to resign from her position and speak out about the way she's been treated.

As an educational institution and one of deep faith, Mount St. Mary should be setting an example of tolerance and acceptance - ideals put forward recently by Pope Francis as he urges the Catholic Church hierarchy to put aside judgment of LGBT people.

Shame on the school for acting in such an un-Christian manner, and kudos to Tippi and Barb for speaking out in the face of injustice. If you'd like to stand with Tippi and Barb, you can sign HRC's petition calling on Mount St. Mary Academy principal Diane Wolfe and school president Karen Flake to apologize to Tippi and commit to stop discriminating against LGBT employees.

Photo via the Human Rights Campaign.

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