Catholic School Fires Lesbian Teacher For Marrying Her Partner

FML for the kids who lost a great teacher because of nothing other than sexual prejudice

Jocelyn Morffi was in for a shock when she returned to work after her honeymoon in the Florida Keys. She had just married her lesbian partner of two years and was let go the day after she returned to work. Morffi taught at the school for nearly 7 years.

According to the New York Times, the parents and teachers of the Miami school received a memo from Principal Carlota Morales shortly after Ms. Morffi’s termination, saying it was a “difficult and necessary decision.”

We’re thinking it was more along the lines of prejudiced and completely unnecessary, but sure.

“My son said, ‘Mommy, I heard that Ms. Morffi got fired for getting married,’ and he looked at me and said, ‘What’s so bad about that?’” said Vanessa Almeida, a parent whose children were tutored by Ms. Morffi.

The disapproval of the children whose lives Ms. Morffi affected as well as the outcry from the parents who raised them proves once again that you aren’t born with hate and prejudice, but it’s something you’re raised to become.

Photos: New York Times

“Jocelyn is humbled by all the love and support she has received,” said Erica Cañas, Morffi’s lawyer, said in a written statement. “She feels that the manner of her firing was unfair, not only to her, but to her students as well. At this time, we are considering our legal options.”

Although Ms. Morffi refused to comment herself, she did take to social media once to post her thoughts on the matter via her Nonprofit's Instagram “Teach Hope.

“This weekend I married the love of my life and unfortunately I was terminated from my job as a result,” she wrote in her Instagram post. “In their eyes I’m not the right kind of Catholic for my choice in partner.”

Yeah, there’s that too-- she runs a non profit that distributes food to Miami’s poor neighborhoods, because she’s a super-human and this school basically fired Mother Teresa. And not that it should matter in the least, but how aren’t those the kind of Catholic values the school is looking for? Is it safe to say that all the other teachers in the school were doing as much to give back to their community?

Shame on the school that would fire a great teacher and person based on nothing other than homophobia, and then call their thinly veiled prejudice “Catholic values.” Hopefully Ms. Morffi will be able to see this situation for the blessing in disguise that it is, and find a more accepting school that is tolerant of all love.

By Nadine / Tuesday 20 February 2018 15:45 /
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By  OCD_NME  |  17

Well I hate to touch such a sensitive topic but with the saying "the only cost of freedom is to not step on anybody elses". I support your right to get married but I also support the Catholics rights to practice religion as well. Who is stepping on who's freedom here? I am seriously asking.

By  OCD_NME  |  17

Well I hate to touch such a sensitive topic but with the saying "the only cost of freedom is to not step on anybody elses". I support your right to get married but I also support the Catholics rights to practice religion as well. Who is stepping on who's freedom here? I am seriously asking.

  Razell  |  13

Really? You're going with the "Catholics are equivalent to the KKK" argument?
Nice. Really shows your commitment to the civilized discourse. /sarc

  MamaChey  |  22

I was very sad that this woman was fired, however Catholic schools are not publicly funded so they have the right to do so. This teacher must have known that this was a risk by making her relationship and marriage public. Catholics do have their own beliefs and values, however archaic, which is why I left that religion. Those of us that follow politics or watch the news know that they are well within their rights to do this —- however wrong it may seem.

I’m actually surprised that the teacher chose to teach at the school on the first place...

  Sam Fisher  |  12

Since the pope declared that homosexuality is basically allowed, I don’t think any catholic school has that right any longer. It’s no longer technically against their religion, so what right do they have to dismiss a homosexual teacher based solely on who she loves?

  Razell  |  13

For Christians, engaging in homosexuality is a violation of the created order. It's a deep religious conviction thing. You wouldn't understand.

  jmilam90  |  8

As a “Catholic”, it means she is supposedly of Christian faith and the bible tells is in many different sections that a man is meant to be with a woman and any other relationship is sinful. Therefore, it is inappropriate and hypocritical for her to teach at a Catholic school because her life does not represent that of the religion in which she was attempting to teach. If she wants to be with a woman, that is her choice and (by law) it is her right, but it’s also the right of a religious body to stand by their teachings and expect members to do the same.

By  apossessedbagel  |  14

I'm Catholic and this really makes me angry towards my own religion. Why should we persecute someone just for loving someone? That's all it is when you get down to it.

Catholicism believes that in order for a marriage to be valid, it must be done by an ordained Catholic priest, who would never do this, with the justification that, "since marriage is a sacrament thats main goals are to 1) get your spouse to heaven and 2) procreate and get your children ready to be good parents who'll go to heaven, then gays/lesbians shouldn't marry because they can't have kids." Outside of Catholicism, a marriage isn't technically valid.


OK, so the other argument could be, "Well, they're sinners and we are trying to get them to repent." Well, see, Catholicism also preaches that everyone is given Free Will by God, and it is their right to choose to sin or not. So technically, even God says they can do this, it just means their chances of getting into Heaven aren't going to be as high, and that's if he even considers being gay/lesbian to be a sin. And I don't know about you, but I feel like a god who is supposed to love all of his sons and daughters wouldn't take much offense to PEOPLE LITERALLY JUST LOVING PEOPLE.

Seriously, this type of stuff makes me hate being Catholic. Like seriously, let's pray for world peace or something, anything, instead of worrying about who loves who.

And that's the end of one Pro LGTBQ+ rights Catholic's rants.

  cowboy84  |  9

to think a marriage outside of the Catholic church is invalid is quite narrow minded and honestly against constitutional rights freedom of religion. I was raised Catholic but am now a non denominational Christian am I knocking your faith no you do you and I'll do what I do believe how you want but to force your religion upon someone else is wrong and to fire them for the fact of who they choose to marry well let's just say I'd have that church school and priest in court and see what a judge has to say cause the grounds for termination were by far unconstitutional.

  PhoenixChick  |  26

Pretty obvious that the point was that the Catholic Church doesn't recognize marriages outside the Catholic Church and should therefore stop meddling in them.

  Zekfen  |  17

The teacher was working at a Catholic School and their contracts normally state that you have to live by certain guidelines.

They aren't interfering in her marriage. She was able to get married, but by doing so she broke the tenants of the religion and thus her contract. These cases pop up all the time and when sued the church wins based on their freedom of religion. There is nothing in the constitution that they have violated. She is free to continue practicing whatever religion or lack thereof. She is free to speak out against the church. She is free to do whatever the hell she wants. Just as they are free to release her from her contract for violating it.

The church has fired women and men for getting a divorce and also women who became pregnant outside of marriage. Agree or disagree, when you work for a religious institution like that, you have a choice to abide by the contract they set out or not, not abiding by the contract will result in termination.

As a Catholic myself I don't personally care who marries whom or whom sleeps with whom. None of my business, but she has no case.

By  Zekfen  |  17

When somebody decides to work for a religious organization, such as a Catholic school, they agree to abide by living based on that religions tenants. The Catholic religion isn't homophobic in that they don't shun gays, but if you are a gay Catholic you are expected to not partake in gay sex.

Marriage is considered a Holy Sacrament in Catholic teachings and a gay marriage is considered breaking a sacrament. Thus by getting married to another woman she broke a very important religious tenant. They knew she was gay and accepted her as such, but if they continued to employ her that could have been considered an endorsement by the church of something the church can't endorse.

This has happened many times over the years and every time people sued, they have lost because of Freedom of Religion for the church. I will add that teachers have been fired for getting a divorce also.

Personally as a Catholic myself I view marriage as a state institution and not a religious one, and most Catholics I know have no issue with gay marriage or gays in general as long as they don't try to force the church to recognize such marriages.

By  raven_of_azarath  |  28

Jokes on them cuz there was totally a Catholic nun in the 17th century, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, who was lesbian. She abstained from it cuz she was a nun, but that didn’t stop her from writing poems about being in love with women.

By  1known  |  29

Well @fml your comments are very poor. You should copy Zekfen's which much more accurate and reasonable. Why can't we upvote that comment?

By  Neda Saeedy  |  5

A similar thing happened to a teacher from my old high school a few years ago. He was the head of the English department, an art teacher, yearbook advisor, and cheerleading coach. Everyone knew he was gay. As soon as it became legal in California he and his long time boyfriend decided to get married and the local paper posted a picture of him and his new husband getting married. The school fires him about a week later for “breech of contract.” He tried to fight it but in the end ended up going to a charter school or a non religious school instead. He gave over 10 years of service to our school and was treated like shit by the administration. He was one of my favorite teachers I had there!

By  psycobunnymamafox  |  13

My issue here is they had no problem employing her whilst she was living in sin with her partner but when she marries her it's an issue and doesn't it say in the bible that all humans are created in gods image? So if we were created in gods image wouldn't he have meant for some people to be gay in the first place since he makes no mistakes?

  jbuckets_404  |  36

1.) Um, where does it say that they've been living together?
2.) Unmarried Catholics are taught/ expected not to engage in sex per the 10 Commandments (whether straight, gay, or other is immaterial).

  rsp97531  |  10

No where in the article does it say she was living with her wife prior to the marriage, nor does it indicate if she made her relationship public before she got married.

On the other hand, there isn't a woman in the western world that will not happily publicly advertise her wedding day.