Catholic School Fires Lesbian Teacher For Marrying Her Partner
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.
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“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.