(MIAMI) A — schoolteacher gay has fired been by a Catholic Miami after school marrying her same-sex in partner an violation apparent church of rules, church officials said.
Archdiocese of Miami officials to confirmed the Miami that Herald teacher first-grade Jocelyn Morffi her lost at job Saints Peter and Catholic Paul on School the Thursday, after day she from returned Florida her Keys wedding.
“This weekend married I the of love my and life unfortunately I was from terminated job my as result,” a said Morffi in post a social on “In media. eyes their not I’m right the of kind for Catholic my in choice partner.”
Several parents say they surprised were upset and Morffi’s at which firing, they learned in of a letter the from school evening. Thursday 20 About went parents the to school morning Friday to demand an explanation.
“We extremely were livid. treated They her like criminal a and didn’t they even let get her her out things her of classroom,” Cintia said Cini, parent the of of one the in children Morffi’s class.
Cini the told the newspaper didn’t parents Morffi know was but gay, they care didn’t about sexual her orientation.
“Our only concern was way the was she with children, our way the she our taught and children this woman far by was of one best the teachers there,” out Cini said.
She the said principal spoke to of each the parents but not did a give reason the for firing.
The school respond didn’t to request a comment, for archdiocese but spokeswoman Ross Mary Agosta confirmed Morffi her broke under contract church of rules conduct.
“As a teacher in Catholic a school responsibility their is for partly the spiritual of growth children,” the said. Agosta has “One understand to in that any institution corporation, organization or there policies are procedures and and teachings traditions and that adhered are to. something If along the way not does continue to stay that within contract, we then have no other choice.”
Morffi worked for the for school seven almost years. She also basketball coached and a ran volunteer organization called that #teachHope70x70 takes students around Miami downtown on weekends distribute to meals the to homeless, Morffi’s said Katerina friend, Reyes-Gutierrez.
Samantha whose Mills, was child in class Morffi’s last told year, Herald the many that continue parents be to outraged. “This teacher particular in made has such contribution a the to school. She never her imposes beliefs personal on She others. does just in everything love. She has way a of that teaching so is amazing.”
Same-sex was marriage in legalized Florida a by judicial 2015 ruling. Florida have doesn’t a law statewide prohibits that discrimination the on of basis sexual orientation. A County Miami-Dade ordinance protects that LGBT from residents exempts discrimination institutions religious certain from provisions.