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In Chicago, a Renewed Alumni Effort to Seek Justice for Fired Gay Church Worker

Alumni of a Catholic high school which fired a gay teacher two years ago have begun renewed efforts for justice after that teacher released a new essay about his experiences last month. Read More

Are LGBTQ Church Worker Firings Just the Beginning for Catholic Employment Disputes?

Are the dozens of LGBTQ-related employment disputes in which church workers have lost their jobs only the beginning for disputes at Catholic institutions based on punitive interpretations of Church teaching?  Read More

Being Closeted at Work “Eroded My Dignity Over the Years,” Says Fired LGBTQ Church Worker

A fired LGBTQ church worker has broken her silence and is sharing her story of discrimination in Catholic education, all in an appeal for readers to join the struggle for equality. Read More

Firing of LGBT Church Workers a “Very Difficult Question,” Says Cardinal

A leading U.S. cardinal has said the firing of LGBT church workers is "a very difficult question." Read More

Firing LGBT Church Workers Is the Real Cause of Scandal Damaging the Church

The recent firing of two gay church workers has prompted new reflections on what is truly scandalous about these employment disputes and the damage they are causing. Read More

Bishop: Diocese Would Be “Irreparably Damaged” If Unable to Fire Church Workers

Bishop Peter Jugis of Charlotte made his remarks while being deposed in the federal court case of Lonnie Billard, who was fired from Charlotte Catholic High School in 2014 when his engagement to a man became public. Jugis said in the deposition that continuing to employ church workers who advocate against or violate "fundamental moral tenets" of church teaching would be a cause for "scandal." The Charlotte Observer reported further. . . Read More

Joining Pope Francis, We Pray (and Act) for Church Worker Justice

More work remains, however, as LGBT church workers and others who are simply supportive of equality remain vulnerable. More than 70 have lost their jobs in LGBT-related employment disputes over the last decade. Due to religious exemptions, there have been few legal victories thus far. Catholic institutions largely lack relevant non-discrimination policies. Now is the time to take action. . . Read More

Gay Teacher Harassed by Students Fired by Jesuit High School

A Catholic high school in Chicago has fired a gay teacher after students outed and... Read More

For Third Time, Court Rejects Catholic School’s Motion to Dismiss Discrimination Suit

A New Jersey Catholic school’s motion to dismiss the discrimination lawsuit it faces from a... Read More

Fired Church Worker Shares Testimony of Faith, Parishioners’ Support

Fired for being in a same-gender marriage, church worker Michael Templeton shared his experiences of faith... Read More