Mass. Catholic School Dean Loses Job After Gay Marriage

Diocese cans official after 12 years

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 3, 2010 12:47 PM CDT

(Newser) – The dean of students at a Massachusetts Catholic high school says she was forced out of her job after marrying her same-sex partner. “I was given a choice of termination or resignation,” Christine Judd tells the Republican. Judd, who worked for Cathedral High School since 1998 and also served as athletic director, opted for resignation but is exploring legal action.

“I was hoping that my loyalty, my professionalism the last 12 years would supersede the current hypocrisy that has already been shown with the Diocese of Springfield,” Judd said, questioning whether other employees have been divorced without annulment, or use birth control, without punishment. Gay marriage is legal in Massachusetts, but opposed by the diocese, which is the ultimate employer of all Catholic school staff. A spokesman said the diocese had sympathy for Judd but "must be true to who we are."

In this file photo taken June 17, 2008, a same-sex couple hold hands during their wedding ceremony at City Hall in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Darryl Bush, File)
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