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If you're LGBT, if you support marriage equality, if you need IVF - you can't teach in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
Archdiocese of Cincinnati expands moral clause in teacher contracts [WLWT]

"Such conduct or lifestyle that is in contradiction to Catholic doctrine or morals includes, but is not limited to, improper use of social media/communication, public support of or publicly living together outside marriage, public support of or sexual activity out of wedlock, public support of or homosexual lifestyle, public support of or use of abortion, public support of or use of a surrogate mother, public support of or use of in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination, public membership in organizations whose mission and message are incompatible with Catholic doctrine or morals, and/or flagrant deceit or dishonesty."
This new contract is the direct result of Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC and Dias v. Archdiocese of Cincinnati - teachers are now "Teacher-Ministers," which means the boss can discriminate against you in any way he wants - maybe even firing you for wishing a friend "good luck" on their IVF treatment.

More below.


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Some background:

The Supreme Court, in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC, ruled that a "ministerial employee" was exempt from federal employment protections, on the grounds of freedom of association/free exercise for religious groups.  The 2012 decision was unanimous.  Cheryl Perich, the fired teacher, had been through ministerial training, had ministerial duties, and was specified as a "called" teacher, in contrast to other "lay" employees.

In June 2013, Christa Dias won $170,000 from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  Dias was fired for being unmarried and pregnant, in violation of pregnancy discrimination law.  During the trial, Ms. Dias also declared that she was gay; however, this was not known to the Archdiocese at the time of firing.

Ms. Dias was not Catholic and did not teach religious studies - she taught computer science.  The Archdiocese filed an appeal to the 6th Circuit, but very quietly settled out of court in a joint settlement with Kathleen Quinlan, a similarly-situated teacher from Dayton who was fired explicitly for being gay.

What does this all mean?

It means, if you want to teach in a Catholic school, you better not have any gay or infertile friends.

It means that if you send your kids to a Catholic school, and one of them discovers he or she is gay, don't count on any support from a teacher.

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