Gay counselor denounces Roman Catholic Archdiocese in Indianapolis after being fired for 40 years for same-sex marriage
- Lynn Starkey fired from the job of counselor because he was in a same-sex marriage
- She denounces the Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis and Roncalli High School
- Starkey claims discrimination and that staff and students have also become victims
- Archdiocese said it had the right to employ staff who support & # 39; religious religious schools & # 39;
Lynn Starkey is taking legal action against the Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis
A homosexual guidance counsel sues the Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis and accuses him of discrimination because he fired her because she is in a same-sex marriage.
Lynn Starkey filed her federal lawsuit against the Archdiocese and Roncalli High School on Monday, where she had worked for nearly 40 years.
The suit accuses the Archdiocese and the Indianapolis School of reprisals against her, exposing her to a hostile work environment and discriminating against her on the basis of her sexual orientation.
The Archdiocese said in a statement that Starkey knowingly & # 39; had violated her contract by entering into same-sex marriage, & # 39; making it clear that she did not agree with the ecclesiastical doctrine of marriage & # 39 ;.
Archbishop Charles Thompson said that the recent layoffs of gay teachers at two Catholic high schools were about maintaining ecclesiastical teachings about marriage and not about sexual orientation.
Starkey is the second Roncalli High School counselor who raises discrimination complaints against the school and the Archdiocese after being fired for her sexuality.
The Archdiocese said in a statement that it has the constitutional right to hire & # 39; leaders who support the school's religious mission & # 39 ;.
A spokesperson said to the Indianapolis Star: & # 39; Catholic schools exist to communicate the Catholic faith to the next generation.
Roncalli High School and the Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis are being charged with firing a counselor for having same-sex marriage
& # 39; To accomplish their mission, Catholic schools ask all teachers, administrators, and counselors to uphold the Catholic faith through word and deed, both inside and outside the classroom. & # 39;
The lawsuit filed with the US district court in the southern district of Indiana also claims that the school environment was hostile to homosexual students, teachers, and staff.
It states: & # 39; Starkey has suffered damages as a result of retaliatory actions by defendants, including but not limited to overdue payments, lost prepayment, loss of future earning capacity, lost benefits provided by the employer and emotional emergency damage. & # 39;
Counseling advisers assist students in advising on future academic and career paths.
Shelley Fitzgerald worked at Roncalli High School for 15 years as a counseling advisor and spent 22 years with her now wife when she was fired last August.
Her marriage license of 2014 and sent it to a school director who passed it on to the Archbishop of Indianapolis and the Chief Inspector.
Fitzgerald received an ultimatum to resign or dissolve her & # 39 ;.
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