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Man in same-sex marriage files complaint after Catholic school rescinds job offer

January 31, 2014

A Massachusetts man who is civilly married to another man has filed a complaint with the state’s Commission Against Discrimination after a Catholic school rescinded its job offer.

Matthew Barrett said that he had been offered a job as food services director at Fontbonne Academy in Milton, Massachusetts, and that “the offer was rescinded only two days later -- once the head of school realized Barrett had listed his husband as his emergency contact,” according to a Boston Globe report.

“She said the Catholic religion doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage, and that was her excuse,” said Barrett. “She said, ‘We cannot hire you.’”

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  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - Feb. 02, 2014 11:38 AM ET USA

    I would have thought that the message had now been delivered loud and clear: militant gays are not welcome in Catholic schools. The onus is now on the gays to refrain from seeking employment in our schools and apply for jobs in the public schools instead. If they boycott the Catholic schools, everything will be fine and dandy, and no one will be offended by a refusal. Simple, when you think about it.

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Feb. 01, 2014 12:40 AM ET USA

    That is not an "excuse". It is a valid reason.

  • Posted by: rpp - Jan. 31, 2014 5:52 PM ET USA

    The corrupt seek to corrupt others. That is the nature of evil.

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Jan. 31, 2014 5:34 PM ET USA

    This could have been handled a bit more artfully.

  • Posted by: bruno.cicconi7491 - Jan. 31, 2014 12:51 PM ET USA

    That may be one of the most polemical issues Catholics are going to face in the coming years. Brace yourselves....

  • Posted by: Defender - Jan. 31, 2014 12:29 PM ET USA

    "He said he was told by school officials that employees recognize church doctrine, but he believed that meant participating in prayers." This guy was supposedly raised Catholic, too. Does anyone else see where the problem is? It won't go away until Catholic education (in all schools and CCD programs) is entirely revamped and it better start right away.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jan. 31, 2014 6:43 AM ET USA

    These militant homosexuals are attempting to force a lie down our throats..., and the lie is this, that the deliberate and defiant pursuit of their lifestyle in the face of a just God does not, will not lead to their own self-destruction and the destruction of others. God almost always gives slack for people to repent. And as is written, "Because the judgment on sin is not immediate, insanity is in the hearts of men. "

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 31, 2014 6:40 AM ET USA

    Catholics take note: elections have consequences.