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Parents support teacher who was fired shortly after she posted pictures of her same sex wedding on social media.

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.

The firing of the much-loved teacher came less than a week after she posted pictures of her wedding to her girlfriend and the “love of her life” on Facebook, ABC News reports.

Principal Carlota Morales informed  parents of Mrs Morffi’s dismissal in a letter, calling it “difficult and necessary”.

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Nearly 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.

In defending the firing, spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Miami Mary Ross Agosta said Mrs Morfii “broke the contract she signed when she began teaching at a Catholic school”.

The termination was apparently triggered by a moral turpitude clause that was enacted, suggesting that had Mrs Morffi not posted about her wedding online she would have kept her job.

The day after her firing, Mrs Morffi addressed the matter online.

“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 of partner,” she wrote.

Her lawyer told ABC  News she was considering what legal action to take.

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  • If you keep your private life private, then there is no harm done. Stop putting things on line, it isn’t necessary.

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  • I imagine this issue and contracts and law will need to change with the changes that have now occurred in Australia. No one should have to hide who they are and who they love.

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  • This is just wrong! Maybe if she put the photos on the school notice board, sure, but this is her private Facebook page and it should remain that way. Private. I know Facebook is not very private- I work at a law firm and I know that people going through WorkCover claims are often investigated through their Facebook pages if they are silly enough to post on there, but this is a marriage. I’m sure the school wouldn’t have done anything had the teacher married her heterosexual partner. So why should it be different if she married another woman. I am a Christian myself, and while I don’t think that female and female, male and male relationships are naturally right, times are changing and I am fully against discrimination in any way and believe that all people have rights. The law now says that these marriages are recognised so I think there should definitely be grounds for unfair dismissal here.

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  • Ooh, a tricky one where it breaches her contract. However, you would like to think love and commonsense prevails. I’ve no doubt she will get a job elsewhere, just not within Catholic education.

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  • If she’s signed a contract then she signed a contract. I hope her lawyer however finds that it was an unenforceable discriminatory contract!


    • I imagine and hope that most people would see it this way too.

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  • What a load of codswollop!

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  • That is discrimination, plain and simple.

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  • I am an atheist and I would have expected something like this to happen.

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  • How sad to be so narrow minded :(

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  • How discriminating ! However it might have been good when she was more careful with this working at a Catholic school.

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  • It is a pity the photos became public. Did she forget what her contract with school is? The kids have obviously lost a very good teacher.

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  • I didn’t realise that you had to be heterosexual to work in a Catholic school despite their teachings on the matter.

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