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Gay Teacher Files Sex Discrimination Lawsuit Against Georgia Catholic School

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Flint Dollar, a music teacher at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Georgia, has filed a suit against the school after his contract was not renewed when the school found out he plans to marry a man.

DollarSpeaking to NPR, Dollar said that he was honest about his sexual orientation with administrators at the Catholic school.  However, at the end of the school year he was told that “the bishop of the Diocese of Savannah called and expressed his concern that if I was to return it would be against the teachings of the Catholic Church."

The school has released a statement saying they have to consider an employee's ability to teach Catholic doctrine when making staff decisions.

Dollar’s lawyer Charles Cox says that although there is nothing to be done under employment discrimination legislation, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.

According to Cox:

“When you fire somebody because they are engaging in a same-sex marriage, I think that pretty clearly fits with gender discrimination. You're being fired because you're not complying with traditional gender stereotypes, and that's wrong, and we believe it's unlawful."

Although Dollar has since filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging sex discrimination, Matthew Franck, a constitutional scholar at Princeton says that even though it might work, it shouldn’t because “it's fairly clear that Title VII's reference to sex as a category of discrimination, that the people who wrote that had nothing like sexual orientation in their minds.”

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  1. A music teacher teaches music. Not religion.

    Posted by: Another Steve | Jul 10, 2014 3:05:25 PM


  2. Is there a reason to expect anything sensible from the Roman Catholic Church? Stay far away from that nonsense.

    Posted by: Joel | Jul 10, 2014 3:17:07 PM


  3. When will we learn? Christians HATE gay people. Period. If you have anything to do with Christians then you're an idiot.

    Posted by: Merv | Jul 10, 2014 3:23:24 PM


  4. This post should be updated to reflect more accurately that Matthew Franck, the "constitutional scholar at Princeton," does not appear to have a law degree, and is rather (or was) a "Visiting Lecturer in Politics" at Princeton, not a professor there, let alone a law professor. He has previously been a Heritage Foundation fellow and has worked with the Alliance Defending Freedom (see http://winst.org/about/staff/mfranck/). I'm not sure your readers are being clued into the very extreme right-wing affiliations he has.

    His opinion on the scope of Title VII protections is not an accurate one, and it is not informed by a legal education. In fact, a federal judge just this spring disagreed with him: in Terveer v. Billington, the District Court of the District of Columbia held that discrimination based on sexual orientation is covered by Title VII’s prohibition on “sex discrimination.” That case is mentioned in the NPR article, but not in yours. You can read it here (https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1102023/terveer-opinion-on-motion-to-dismiss.pdf).

    Posted by: jcl | Jul 10, 2014 3:24:59 PM


  5. Matthew Franck, a constitutional scholar at Princeton says that even though it might work, it shouldn’t because “it's fairly clear that Title VII's reference to sex as a category of discrimination, that the people who wrote that had nothing like sexual orientation in their minds.”

    But the right to keep and bear arms entititles you to carry an assault rifle and a machine gun....go figure

    Posted by: Bob | Jul 10, 2014 3:32:23 PM


  6. The way to go about all of this inequality is to use Title VII. The root of our troubles is gender, not "orientation". You can't marry a man BECAUSE YOU ARE A MAN. There are strong laws in place against gender discrimination. Use them! Someone can not be fired on the basis of gender. This man is being discriminated against BECAUSE HE IS A MAN. Women get to marry men, but men don't. It's gender discrimination.

    I believe misogyny is so rampant in this country that even gay men don't want to be lumped with the women, subconsciously. Get over it. It's the key out of all of this.

    Posted by: Jude | Jul 10, 2014 4:06:30 PM


  7. We must never become so gullible as to believe that the Catholic Church has changed in any way......
    Sure, its modus operandi has changed.....it cannot burn us any more.

    But now some misguided individuals are beginning to say that this Jesuit Pope will bring change.
    Yeah, these are the very same Jesuits who manipulated the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, with Louis XIV.....which had allowed tolerance of the Huguenots.
    And where have these Jesuits been for the last fifty years ?
    Where are their efforts to end Catholic discrimination against us ?

    The whole doctrine of the Church is designed to treat us as 'other', as untermenschen. That definition was included in their Catechism. We all know that.

    Expect nothing from these people..not fairness, not equal treatment, not any kind of respect.
    And we are indeed fools if we have not learned our history at the hands of these inquisitors.

    However, Title VII of the Civil rights Act, is intriguing.
    Why should it not be widely interpreted ?
    'No discrimination on the grounds of sex'.....sounds wide enough to me to cover the attributes of expression of that sex.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 10, 2014 4:14:41 PM


  8. Princeton's constitutional scholars are mind readers? I did not know that.

    Posted by: Nick | Jul 10, 2014 4:27:52 PM


  9. I'm with JCL and Jude. Shame on Jim Redmond for lazy reporting.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Jul 10, 2014 4:39:19 PM


  10. I don't mind if Catholic schools want to be homophobic. I do mind that they get tax benefits in the form of not-for-profit status.

    If these schools really want to discriminate then that is their choice but they should at least have to pay taxes like other businesses. We offer these organizations not-for-profit status because they are suppose to be doing good for society but discriminating against gay people isn't good for society.

    I'm sure if Congress changed the law to make not-for-profit status conditional on non-discrimination then these schools would forget their "Catholic teachings" pretty quickly. Money talks louder than teachings.

    During President Bush's (#43) administration liberal colleges were against ROTC for many reasons but one being Don't Ask, Don't Tell. However, since Congress tied Federal Grant money to allowing ROTC on campus no school (to my knowledge) would ban the group. Money motivates people to bend their morals either liberal or conservative.

    Posted by: Will | Jul 10, 2014 5:02:53 PM


  11. What does teaching music have to do with Catholic doctrine? It's not like he is teaching catechism.

    Posted by: RJ | Jul 10, 2014 5:28:19 PM


  12. Good to know this school only employs Roman Catholics who have never used birth control. After all, if they employed non-Catholics, divorced people or those who think the First Amendment is a good thing, they'd be guilty of hypocrisy, & we all know that's not possible.

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Jul 10, 2014 6:11:47 PM


  13. I can muster exactly zero sympathy for a gay man who willingly works for our sworn enemy in this day and age. Just walk away from that hate filled cult and get a job where they won’t hate you for being gay.

    Posted by: E. Thor Carlson | Jul 11, 2014 12:31:30 PM


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