INDIANAPOLIS – A Catholic high school in Indiana has reached a confidential settlement with a gay teacher who was recently fired because he is in a same-sex marriage, according to an attorney representing the teacher.
Attorney Kathleen Delaney issued a joint statement on behalf of the teacher, who has remained anonymous, and the school Tuesday afternoon. According to the statement, the teacher thanked the school for his time teaching there and said he doesn't wish the school "any harm."
"The teacher also thanks his friends, former colleagues, and students for their support during this difficult time," the statement reads.
The school, Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, is one of several that have been grappling with teachers in same-sex marriages after the Archdiocese of Indianapolis told all schools under its purview to enforce employment contracts that require teachers, counselors and administrators to live according to church teachings.
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The school announced two weeks ago that it was terminating a gay teacher in order to avoid a split with the archdiocese, which stripped a nearby school of its Catholic identity the week before when it refused to fire one of its educators, also in a same-sex marriage.
The issue first erupted in Indianapolis last year when a gay guidance counselor was placed on administrative leave because of her marriage to another woman. Shelly Fitzgerald and another gay guidance counselor, Lynn Starkey, were eventually let go. Starkey is also in a same-sex marriage.
Both women have filed discrimination complaints against their former school and the archdiocese with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.