Ask Catholic High School to Rehire Administrator Fired for Supporting Gay Marriage

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Target: Principal of Purcell Marian High School, Paul Ramstetter

Goal: Rehire school administrator who was fired for supporting gay marriage in a blog post

Recently, educator Mike Morosi was fired from his position at an Ohio Catholic high school. He posted a message on his personal blog in support of gay marriage. Morosi was told that his message was against the teachings of the Catholic Church, and he was fired for it. Morosi’s job should not have interfered with his right to free speech and opinions on political issues. He should be allowed to say what he believes outside of the school, but he was fired for doing just this.

Morosi had an online discussion with a friend regarding gay marriage, and posted to his blog about the discussion saying, “I unabashedly believe that gay people SHOULD be allowed to marry. Ethically, morally and legally I believe this…Gay marriage is NOT something of which to be afraid.” He was fired from his position because the school’s archdiocese believed his views were against the views of the Catholic Church. Morosi is adamant that his views are morally sound and in line with the Church’s, and refused to take down his post to save his job.

As part of the administrator position, Morosi signed a contract requiring him to “comply with…the stated philosophy and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.” This contract and his job should not have affected his personal life outside of the school. He posted his message of tolerance on a personal website. He did not broadcast this idea to his students or say anything about it during school hours. Morosi did not deserve to be fired for posting this message of tolerance and having differing views in his personal life. Tell Purcell Marian High School to rehire Morosi.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Ramstetter:

Recently, administrator Mike Morosi was fired from Purcell Marian High School for posting a message in support of gay marriage on his personal blog. Even though Morosi felt his views were in line with those of the Catholic Church, the archdiocese disagreed. He did not broadcast this message of tolerance to his students, but he was fired for saying it on his own time outside of the school.

I ask you to rehire Morosi. His position at the school should not affect his personal views or what he says on his own time. He did not behave in any way that would reflect negatively on him as an educator; instead, he posted a message of tolerance on a personal website. He should not have been fired for this act. Rehire him and allow him to continue his position as an educator.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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