When the Pope comes to town, The Obama Administration is set to give him a diverse group of people to meet with, including a lesbian teacher from Philadelphia who was fired from her Catholic school job because of her same-sex marriage.
Margie Winters was fired in June of this year from Waldron Mercy Academy where she was the school’s Director of Religious Education.
She had married her long time partner, Andrea Vettori, in 2007 shortly before getting hired, but when an anonymous member of the school’s community found out and reported it this summer, swift action was taken and she was fired.
“In 2007, there was still a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ attitude towards the LGBTQ community in the larger world and in the church,” Winters told the Daily Beast shortly after being let go.
“This parent was very upset with the school for having someone like me in a position to review the sexuality program…She was opposed to my being in charge of teachers, in charge of curriculum, and involved in the religious formation of young children because of my marriage.”
Winters told the AP her invitation came through the Human Right’s Campaign office, and she said if she gets the chance to speak with the Pope “she would ask him to extend his message of inclusion to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics.”
From Equality Virginia: Join us for some appetizers and meet with activist Chris Mason in Richmond (at Babe’s in Carytown on May 12 at 6:30) as he stops in Richmond on his tour across America for equality. “Driving Equality” is Mason’s 100-day, 16,000-mile trek across America to raise awareness of the various forms of discrimination [...]
May 7, 2009
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