Openly gay teacher fired after posting wedding pictures on Facebook

Jocelyn Morffi

Jocelyn Morffi

It was the day after she had gotten back from her wedding to Natasha Hass in the Florida Keys.

Jocelyn Morffi had been teaching at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in Miami for seven years until Thursday when her employment was promptly terminated.

'This weekend, I married the love of my life and, unfortunately, I was terminated from my job as a result. 'In their eyes I'm not the right kind of Catholic for my choice in partner'.

Morales sent a note home to parents on Thursday, describing the decision as 'difficult and necessary'.

Several parents said after meeting with the school administration, they still don't have a satisfactory explanation for why Morffi was sacked.

It said students' education wouldn't be disrupted and asked parents "for your continued prayers" for the school.

About 20 parents gathered at the school to demand answers and protest Ms Morffi's sacking, on Friday morning.

"We were extremely livid", Cintia Cini, a parent told the Herald.

Almost a dozen parents with children who had been in Mrs Morffi's class fronted the school to protest the firing, many calling her a "great teacher", adding they were aware she was gay.

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She added that she didn't know Morffi was a lesbian, but that she didn't care, saying: "Our only concern was the way she was with our children, the way she taught our children and this woman by far was one of the best teachers out there".

Mrs Morffi has little legal recourse following the public sacking.

Per the Archdiocese of Miami's policy, Catholic school teachers are considered church representatives and are expected to abide by Catholic teachings.

"Inconsistent" conduct could lead to disciplinary action, including termination. But if you're gay, forget about it, ' said parent Cynthia Cini.

Republicans in Congress continue to block federal anti-discrimination protections to protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and state-level Republicans in many states also take a hardline approach. But a Miami-Dade County ordinance does exempt religious institutions from certain provisions.

Meanwhile, the school is standing by its policy. Her contract contained a moral turpitude clause.

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

Now, parents at Sts. 'The way they handled this was just unbelievable'.

"I'm upset", parent Christina Lopez told WPLG. "This teacher in particular has made such a contribution to the school". She never forces her own convictions on others.

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