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Cincinnati Catholic School Members Protest Against Anti-Gay Contract, 'Morality Clause': VIDEO


Cincinnati teachers and parents are protesting the local archidocese requirement that all Catholic school teachers sign a contractual “morality clause” forbidding any public or private support or practice of homosexuality, artificial insemination, pre- and extra-marital sex, or abortion.

WLWT reports:

At least a hundred Catholic teachers, parents and students protested at Fountain Square on Tuesday. Their message to the archdiocese: is fix the contract.

Protestors have signed a local petition with more than a thousand signatures. The national one has 23,000.They will walk to the archdiocese offices to deliver the petitions.

One of the teachers is refusing because of her gay son:

“The main reason I will not sign this contract is my son is gay, and the day he came out to me, the world was lifted off of his shoulder as well as mine, and it was at that moment that I said to myself I will never hide who he is, be embarrassed of who he is and at that point I said I’m going to use this opportunity to make a difference,” Molly Shumate said.

Protestors hope to increase dialogue with the archdiocese and to revert to last year's teacher contract that did not contain the so-called “morality clause."

As we said earlier, presumably the archdiocese revised the contract to avoid high-profile firings like that of Mike Moroskin, the Ohio administrator who was fired for publishing a pro-marriage equality blog post last year, and Carla Hale, the Ohio teacher who was also fired last year after her mother’s obituary listed the name of Carla’s female partner.

You can watch video of the protest, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Well maybe those same parents, students, and teachers that disagree with the church's teachings should also think about not supporting the school.

    Posted by: Daniel in MO | Apr 25, 2014 7:47:51 PM

  2. Best solution = Get your kid out of there and forget it. This is the Catholic Church you're dealing with. No changes, never, no way on their part. Bigotry, guilt and suppression reign supreme.

    Posted by: TomR | Apr 25, 2014 8:16:31 PM

  3. My stance is that organizations such as the RC church should stick to their principles. They should have the morality clause and they should enforce it consistently.

    This means kicking out all gays from among priests, nuns, brothers, and the laity. Empty out the ranks. Do not accept money from people who support gays in any way or who have gays in their family.

    Posted by: Topol | Apr 25, 2014 8:34:08 PM

  4. More reasons to BOYCOTT the RC Church. @ Topol: go crawl back into the cave from whence you came, you Neanderthal.

    Posted by: Patrick | Apr 25, 2014 10:33:46 PM

  5. May all religions fail. ALL religions are evil (and so are the fools who blindly follow them..including gay Christians)

    Posted by: Mark | Apr 25, 2014 11:55:15 PM

  6. Forget parochial schools! They are not learning anything if they are being taught fairy tales instead of actual Science.

    Posted by: John | Apr 26, 2014 3:49:13 AM

  7. Patrick, I think what Topol was trying to suggest was that they should stick to their principles so we can see just how much in the end it drains the church's coffers. If they kicked out every gay priest they wouldn't have anywhere near enough left to run things, and if they stopped accepting money from the so-called "sinners" (adulterers and remarried people included), they'd go broke in no time. There's no way they'll do anything drastic to sacrifice their position financially.

    Their principles, like the principles of many other groups (religious or otherwise) constantly and conveniently get brushed aside because in the end, the RCC worships money more than the 'god' that they claim to be serving.

    Posted by: Belar | Apr 26, 2014 4:53:01 AM

  8. If all the parents, teachers and students simply walk away from the catholic cult, then they would cease to exist.

    But they can't because they're brainwashed.

    Posted by: johnny | Apr 26, 2014 9:17:12 AM

  9. Catholic Schools don't pay taxes and generally get some public support. For instance textbooks, transportation, remedial education (that is coordinated with the school in an off-site trailer), etc. If they want to discriminate, they should lose their tax exemption and any other public assistance.

    Posted by: Gay Guy | Apr 26, 2014 10:13:03 AM

  10. I am glad to see that some of those directly involved are in fact speaking up. When these despicable contract provisions were revealed it seemed the people most impacted by the contract were just reluctantly accepting it. This protest won't change a thing, the church will not retreat, but I'm glad their onerous contract provisions are actually being publicly protested. Keep the heat on and if you have kids in Catholic schools, please consider a less homophobic institution.

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Apr 26, 2014 11:48:25 AM

  11. Firings will still be news. Avoiding such public embarrassment isn't the point here .

    The point is avoiding the lawsuit or avoiding losing the lawsuit that follows a firing.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 26, 2014 12:41:55 PM

  12. The religious exemption should never apply to a "major employer."

    Posted by: Gay Guy | Apr 27, 2014 4:20:29 PM

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