Caucasian brides holding hands at waterfront. Photo: Adam Hester (Getty).
Despite how progressive society gets, it seems there are always unfortunate outliers. In the case of (now former) first-grade teacher Jocelyn Morffi, this meant that posting photos of her same-sex wedding to Facebook would end in her termination from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in Miami last Thursday.
However, regardless of the school’s strict (yet pretty vague) explanation, parents were quick to speak out against the school’s decision to fire the seven-year teacher who was widely loved and respected. You can check out their reactions via Miami news station WPLG Local 10 below:
With reactions ranging from “The way they handled this was just unbelievable” to “What she does at home, that’s none of our concern,” one thing is abundantly clear: Morffi wasn’t let go for any other reason besides her sexual preference. Mary Ross Agosta, spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Miami, offered an explanation (if you can call it that), but it certainly isn’t doing the school’s blatant bigotry any favors:
She broke the contract she signed when she began teaching at a Catholic school.
Said breach of contract is referring to a moral turpitude clause which likely won’t fly on definition alone. But considering Morffi has already hired Miami lawyer Erica Canas to take legal action against the school, we’ll just let it work itself out naturally.
In the meantime, Morffi’s official statement on the matter speaks for itself:
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.
Principal Carlota Morales’ take on the matter via a letter sent out to parents regarding the termination — eh, not so much:
You spelled “Mrs.” wrong, by the way.