Thursday, September 4, 2014

St. Louis Cath.School Fires Two Lesbian Teachers; School Says Lesbians' Marriage Violated Contract

The termination of two lesbian faculty members at Cor Jesu Academy -- an all-girls Catholic high school in St. Louis -- has prompted an outcry from alumnae who have vowed to withhold donations to the school, the Crux Now website reports today (September 4, 2014).

In the last several weeks, alumnae have created a private Facebook group with more than 2,000 members in support of the couple, Olivia Reichert and Christina Gambaro, urging supporters to call and write to Cor Jesu leaders and voice their concerns.

Reichert said she and Gambaro 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 couple had married in New York over the summer and the school said they had violated the moral contract faculty are required to sign as part of employment.

A statement from St. Louis' Cor Jesu said the school "does not publicly discuss personnel matters."

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