Thursday, 05 December, 2019


Gay teacher fired after posting her wedding photos online

Jocelyn Morffi Jocelyn Morffi
Bennie Garza | 11 February, 2018, 03:18

But a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Miami, Mary Ross Agosta, said Morfii was sacked because "she broke the contract she signed when she began teaching at a Catholic school". The teaching contract apparently has a moral turpitude clause that was invoked.

The school also sent a letter home to parents confirming the news.

Outraged parents at a Miami Catholic school are protesting after they say a popular first-grade teacher was sacked because she is gay.

"As a teacher in a Catholic school their responsibility is partly for the spiritual growth of the children", Agosta said.

She said: "This weekend, I married the love of my life and, unfortunately, I was terminated from my job as a result".

Jocelyn Morfii, a seven-year veteran teacher at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School, was abruptly fired Thursday by school principal Dr. Carlota E. Morales. "In their eyes I'm not the right kind of Catholic for my choice in partner", said Morffi in a Facebook post on Friday. "They treated her like a criminal, they didn't even let her get her things out of her classroom", said Cintia Cini, parent of one of the children in Morffi's class. Cini said that the parents hadn't known Morffi was gay, but did not care about her sexual orientation. "But if you're gay, forget about it. Love is love". "Peter and Paul's students and faculty as we enter the season of Lent and look forward to the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ".

"Please know that your child (children)'s education is of the utmost concern for us and throughout the next days and weeks your child's daily school routine will not be disrupted as Ms. Morffi' s replacement will be selected very soon".

However, an attorney representing the former teacher says she is considering her next steps. "In the contract are policies, procedures, teaching and the traditions of the Catholic church", said a statement issued by the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami, according to Miami's CBS affiliate. "If something along the way does not continue to stay within that contract, then we have no other choice".

Morffi took to Facebook to express her disappointment. Morffi refused and was sacked the next day, without being given a reason, Reyes-Gutierrez said.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Florida since 2015. The Miami-Dade County antidiscrimination law, which covers anti-LGBT discrimination, has an exemption for religious institutions.

Florida does not have a statewide law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Morffi did not respond to a request for comment. "No other decision could be made but to terminate her".

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