A religious education teacher was fired from a Catholic elementary school outside Philadelphia after she refused to resign when parents complained about her same-sex marriage, reports The Guardian.
Margie Winters, a well-respected teacher at Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion, Pennsylvania, was fired by letter last month, just days before a historic US supreme court ruling legalised same-sex marriage across the country, according to a report by The Philadelphia Inquirer.
“In the Mercy spirit, many of us accept life choices that contradict current Church teachings,” Principal Nell Stetser wrote in an email to parents on Friday. “But to continue as a Catholic school, Waldron Mercy must comply with those teachings.”
Winters was reportedly fired after parents discovered she was married to a woman. One parent complained to the school and another to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Archdiocese has said it had nothing to do with Winters’ dismissal.
Winters married in Boston in 2007, seven years before a Federal judge struck down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage. On June 26, the US Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.