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Gay Texas Foster Children Caretaker Fired For PDA With His Fiance: VIDEO

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A caretaker for foster children in Lubbock, Texas, was fired recently after he introduced some teenage clients to his fiance during an outing at a water park on the Fourth of July, reports Lone Star Q.

Officials at the Children’s Home of Lubbock, which is affiliated with a Christian church, accused Casey Stegall of engaging in a public display of affection with another man.  

Speaking to The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Children’s Home president Lynn Harms said:

“When you are implementing life training and so forth — particularly with children — to put a confused message out there is counterproductive. If you want to try to force our culture to meet your expectations, that’s not going to go well. I don’t feel like the culture here has to meet an individual’s desire for the world to be different.”

Harms also said that gay employees who “fly under the radar” are accepted but that other gay employees have been fired because of “how they conduct their business.”

Devastated by his termination, Stegall has since contacted attorneys about filing a lawsuit.

Although cities around the U.S., including Houston, have introduced municipal ordinances banning anti-LGBT employment discrimination, Lubbock has not done so.

Last week, President Barack Obama signed an executive order banning anti-LGBT discrimination among federal contractors. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would ban anti-LGBT discrimination by private employers, remains stalled in the U.S. House. However, last week the Washington Blade reported that Democratic House Representative Jared Polis is preparing to initiate a discharge petition for (ENDA).

Watch a video of Stegall discussing the termination of his contract, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The Children’s Home of Lubbock should drop its affiliation wit the Christian Church or lose any/all Federal State funding or better yet, be dropped from the Foster Care program altogether. The latter would be the wisest thing to do.

    Christian policy is not the law of the land. Christians refuse to accept this and to bring it home to them, they should be run out of this country entirely.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jul 28, 2014 12:13:42 PM


  2. children's home president lynn harms religious lifestyle choice is offensive to my sincere and deeply held beliefs everyone should be treated equally and fairly, no matter who they love.

    Posted by: northalabama | Jul 28, 2014 12:23:49 PM


  3. Children’s Home president Lynn Harms said: “When you are implementing life training and so forth — particularly with children — to put a confused message out there is counterproductive. If you want to try to force our culture to meet your expectations, that’s not going to go well. I don’t feel like the culture here has to meet an individual’s desire for the world to be different.”

    Well, this is completely back to front in fact. It's a confused (and confusing) message to try to portray the world simply as a heterosexual, married place with no diversity, because it's NOT.

    There's other subtext here too, and this lady would do well to reflect on the fact that two-thirds of the world is NOT Christian either! Yes, that's right, a supermajority of the world's population are different from her "culture" in religion alone!

    Truly sad that in the USA in 2014, this gentleman is unprotected against discrimination of this kind.

    Posted by: edude | Jul 28, 2014 12:29:27 PM


  4. Children’s Home president Lynn Harms said: “When you are implementing life training and so forth — particularly with children — to put a confused message out there is counterproductive. If you want to try to force our culture to meet your expectations, that’s not going to go well. I don’t feel like the culture here has to meet an individual’s desire for the world to be different.”

    Well, this is completely back to front in fact. It's a confused (and confusing) message to try to portray the world simply as a heterosexual, married place with no diversity, because it's NOT.

    There's other subtext here too, and this lady would do well to reflect on the fact that two-thirds of the world is NOT Christian either! Yes, that's right, a supermajority of the world's population are different from her "culture" in religion alone!

    Truly sad that in the USA in 2014, this gentleman is unprotected against discrimination of this kind.

    Posted by: edude | Jul 28, 2014 12:29:28 PM


  5. and, now I know why I would never visit Texas and dislike Governor Perry so much...Ms. Harms comments are homophobic and mean spirited. This illustrates the fear gay people of have of folks with "sincerely held religious beliefs" and the idea if a child sees a positive non-sexual interaction between 2 adults, that somehow, they will instantly become gay.....

    Posted by: Bernie | Jul 28, 2014 12:33:00 PM


  6. WHY DO GAY PEOPLE KEEP WORKING FOR, ATTENDING, SUPPORT, PROMOTING ANTI-GAY CHURCHES AND THE BUSINESSES/ORGANIZATIONS THEY OWN!!!!?

    UGH!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jul 28, 2014 12:45:08 PM


  7. Women hate Gays?....Cue the surprise...

    Posted by: styler | Jul 28, 2014 12:59:04 PM


  8. Kids today don't even "notice" gay vs. straight relationships...do they? A friend recently told me a great story. Her parents moved to a new community and have a lesbian couple as neighbors. When her kids (boy 11 or 12, girl 8 or 9...I think) came home from their first visit to the new house her son said "Grandma's neighbors are weird." My friend was ready to have a discussion about "different" couples, etc. with them, but then her daughter followed with, "Yea...they take their cat for a walk on a leash!" I don't know if she made an effort to explain that not ALL lesbians have cats!

    Posted by: Jason | Jul 28, 2014 1:08:39 PM


  9. Lynn's a dude. It's confusing.

    Posted by: John | Jul 28, 2014 1:12:00 PM


  10. Then ALL public displays of affection are unacceptable. No kissing for sex-crazes hets either!!!!!!

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Jul 28, 2014 1:15:07 PM


  11. "affiliated with a Christian church"

    what did he expect?

    The hobby lobby ruling will be pulled out to protect his former employer

    Posted by: saywhat | Jul 28, 2014 1:48:47 PM


  12. Styler (Rick) generalizes and hates all women?....Cue the surprise...

    Posted by: Tyler | Jul 28, 2014 1:55:00 PM


  13. This is why I'm glad I live in Washington State and don't plan on ever leaving.

    Posted by: Brandon H | Jul 28, 2014 2:00:40 PM


  14. Dumb: Bringing one's fiancé along on a work-related outing to "help out" without authorization. (Or having him meet you at the water park. Either way.)

    Dumber: The organization explicitly stating that the employee was being terminated because his "morals" didn't align with their Christian beliefs. Seriously, you can't be any more stupid than to do something like this in today's social/political/legal climate. You may get a short-term win in a place like Texas, but you are poisoning public attitudes toward religious or religious-affiliated institutions operating in the public square. Expect a backlash, and expect no support or sympathy from someone like me.

    Posted by: A Boy Named SUE! | Jul 28, 2014 2:05:46 PM


  15. The mention of ENDA in this post is misleading. The House version of ENDA would protect the _employer_ in this case because of its dangerously broad religious exemption. All the national gay rights groups--except HRC--have dropped their support for the current version of ENDA for exactly this reason. HRC _supports_ this kind of discrimination as an acceptable compromise. I really sincerely urge people to stop giving money to HRC. They have nothing to show for it. ENDA failed by a single vote in, I believe, 1996--when *Clinton* was president. A comfortable majority of the public supports ENDA. Yet with all this going for it, HRC has made next to zero progress in almost 20 years. It's inexcusable, and there are so many other groups who have achieved real change and deserve support: GLAD, Lambda Legal, ACLU, NCLR, NGLTF, Freedom to Marry, and others.

    Posted by: JJ | Jul 28, 2014 3:16:07 PM


  16. ALL Y'ALL BITCHES:

    This is Lubbock, Texas, okay? The town I escaped from in the late nineties. QUIT BEING SURPRISED THAT PLACES LIKE THIS EXIST.

    Lubbock will NEVER pass anti-discrimination laws of any kind. People still get arrested there for Shopping While Black, so the idea that gay people are going to get any protections there is LUDICROUS.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jul 28, 2014 8:20:59 PM


  17. Boy named Sue: Do you think other single men doing this same job for this same church never brought a girlfriend along on a group outing to enjoy the day and help them out a bit? It's probably quite a normal thing to do.

    Posted by: emjayay | Jul 29, 2014 1:56:03 AM


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