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Gay Missouri Teachers Fired After Catholic High School Discovers They Got Married in NY: VIDEO

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Supporters rallied Friday morning for Olivia Reichert and Christina Gambaro, two gay teachers at Cor Jesu, an all-girls Catholic high school in the Affton, Missouri area, who were fired after administrators discovered they had married in New York.

Reichert_gambaroThe St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Wednesday:

Reichert said she and her partner were asked to resign after the school said in late July it received a copy of a mortgage application with the couple’s names. The school said the couple had violated the moral contract faculty are required to sign as part of employment. The couple had married in New York over the summer.

“We understand that, as a Catholic institution, Cor Jesu has an obligation to ensure that its employees serve as Christian role models. However, because they do not enforce the witness statement in any other way, this is a blatant case of discrimination,” Reichert wrote in a statement to the Post-Dispatch.

Chargers Allies, a support group for LGBT students, alumnae, and supporters, was created in response to the firings .

Gambaro (second image, right, via Facebook) thanked supporters on social media:

 

A rally was held Friday morning, the Post-Dispatch reports, made up of "alumnae; members of the nondenominational Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis; Faith Aloud, an organization concerned with reproductive issues; and the marriage equality group ShowMeNoHate:"

[The Rev. Wes Mullins, senior pastor at Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis] said the point of the rally wasn’t to persuade the school to rehire Reichert and Gambaro but to reach out to current students, as well as ask Cor Jesu to rethink its policies.

“If you’re a student there, do you really feel safe talking to any of the teachers now?” Mullins asked. “Are you going to talk to a principal now? I wouldn’t.”

Matthew J. Franck, director of the Witherspoon Institute’s Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution, a think tank in Princeton, N.J., said while “it’s easy to feel very sympathetic to the teachers, the school, as a Catholic school, has a kind of moral obligation to the church.”

“It simply has to let people go who live openly in this way,” Franck said. “I don’t see how any Catholic administrator with any integrity can do anything but what they did here.”

Some alumnae have vowed to withhold donations to the school until the matter is resolved in the teachers' favor.

Missouri currently has a ban on same-sex marriage. In February 2014 the ACLU and the LGBT rights group PROMO filed a lawsuit challenging the discriminatory law.

Listen to St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jessica Bock discuss the firing with radio host McGraw Milhaven, AFTER THE JUMP...

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St. Louis Cop Retires On Full Pension Following Vile Homophobic Rant - VIDEO

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Dan Page, a St. Louis police officer who was last month suspended after a homophobic, racist, misogynist and Islamophobic video came to light, has retired on his full pension and benefits, reports New York.

Discussing what he sees as the persecution and prosecution of Christians in the U.S. today, Page said:

“There are three phases that a society goes through. One is persecution. That means your faith is being challenged, everybody mocks you, everybody ridicules you. They stand for nothing. If you stand against sodomy and abortion - you are a terrorist ladies and gentlemen. The next phase is prosecution. There's a couple out there in New Mexico that are being prosecuted and put out of business and were arrested because they refused to take pictures of sodomites. What about my freedom of religion from that? And the military right now - you have open sodomy. People holding hands, swapping spit together. It's sick. It's pitiful.”

Page, who first caught the media’s attention when he pushed CNN anchor Don Lemon during a demonstration in Ferguson, decided to retire in order to avoid an internal review set to begin last week.

However, despite his vile rant, the 35-year veteran is expected to receive his full pension and benefits.

Watch an excerpt of Page's homophobic rant and a video of Page confronting Lemon, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Springfield Morning Radio Host Claims She Was Fired for Being Gay

A radio host in Springfield, Missouri says her recent firing from her morning show was not from budget cuts - as her employer claims - but rather because she is openly gay and had recently spoken up about advocating for LGBT rights. 

Springfiled News-Leader reports:

Jennifer stevens"It's humiliating, and I am absolutely 100 percent convinced this has to do with my sexuality and my advocacy on behalf of my community," said Jennifer Scott Stevens, who went by Jennifer Scott at 105.1 Bob FM.

Jason McCuthin, general manager of Springfield-based Mid-West Family Broadcasting Group — which owns four local radio stations — says the termination of Stevens' employment was entirely "a budgetary decision." [...]

"As someone who attended her marriage reception, it's a little disheartening that she would assume this station didn't support her wholeheartedly," he said.

"We have other people on staff who have the same lifestyle, and they get the same support she did," McCuthin added.

The Advocate adds:

Stevens, who is married to another woman, said her coworkers and supervisors knew she was gay, but it was never an issue at work, since she didn't discuss her sexual orientation on-air or at official events. 

But in June, Stevens was profiled in the News-Leader as part of a weekly series on businesspeople in Southwest Missouri, and she discussed her orientation and her passion for advocacy surrounding LGBT issues. Ironically, Stevens actually pointed to the elevated rate of workplace discrimination faced by LGBT people in her closing remarks in that piece. 

Missouri remains one of the 29 states without employment non-discrimination law covering sexual orientation.

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St. Louis Officer Suspended After Racist, Sexist, Anti-gay Rant Surfaces: VIDEO

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Dan Page, a St. Louis police officer who's been "helping" the on-the-ground situation in Ferguson, has been suspending after video surfaced of the military veteran giving an hour-long rant stuffed with racist, sexist, and homophobic language.

CNN reports:

In his rambling remarks on the video, he talks about what he describes as a draft replacement for the U.S. Constitution, the "four sodomites on the Supreme Court," and a visit to Kenya "to our undocumented President's home." He refers to Barack Obama as "that illegal alien who claims to be our President." Page frequently references violence, including nine combat tours in the Army, during which he did "my fair share of killing." Speaking about Muslims, he says pointedly: "They will kill you." On domestic disputes, he opines: "You don't like each other that much, just kill each other and get it over with. Problem solved. Get it done." On urban violence, he predicts that "when the inner cities start to ignite, people are going to start killing people they don't like."

And lastly, Page says, "I personally believe the Lord Jesus Christ is my savior, but I'm also a killer. I've killed a lot and, if I need to, I will kill a whole bunch more. If you don't want to get killed, don't show up in front of me."

Watch the full rant, AFTER THE JUMP...

One of Page's more inflammatory anti-gay segments in the rant came when he discussed the persecution and prosecution that Christians face in the country today.

There are three phases that a society goes through. One is persecution. That means your faith is being challenged, everybody mocks you, everybody ridicules you. They stand for nothing. If you stand against sodomy and abortion - you are a terrorist ladies and gentlemen. The next phase is prosecution. There's a couple out there in New Mexico that are being prosecuted and put out of business and were arrested because they refused to take pictures of sodomites. What about my freedom of religion from that? And the military right now - you have open sodomy. People holding hands, swapping spit together. It's sick. It's pitiful.

St. Louis police chief Jon Belmar has issued an apology for Page's remarks, which you can also check out AFTER THE JUMP...

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Don Lemon Gets Pushed Around by Police In Ferguson, Missouri: VIDEO

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Out gay journalist Don Lemon was in Ferguson, Missouri yesterday to cover the protests in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown. While live on CNN, Lemon was seen being physically pushed by police officers. Meanwhile, reports continue to file in about excessive force being used by law enforcement against protesters. Mediaite reports: 

“We’ve been standing here all day,” Lemon continued to report as the officer moved him and other protesters back.

“We’ve got rights!” a woman behind him screamed.

“I’m not going to resist a police officer,” Lemon said and he moved backwards. “Now you see why people are so upset here, because we have been here all day,” he added. “We’re on national television. So imagine what they are doing to people when you don’t see on national television, the people who don’t have a voice like we do.” 

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP…

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John Oliver Isn't One Bit Pleased With the Militarization of America's Police Force: VIDEO

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On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver looked at the turbulent on-going situation in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting and how the city's excessive police response is only the latest example of the increasing militarization of America's police forces. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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