Catholic Church Threatens To Fire British Gay Teachers Who Marry

Archbishop Vincent Nichols

The Catholic Church continues to demonstrate that it will employ any tactic — no matter how deplorable — to oppose same-sex marriage. The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, has now said that any teachers in Britain’s Catholic Schools who have “a partnership of intimacy with another person, outside a form of marriage approved by the church…can be removed from office.”

PinkNews cited a statement a Church spokesman made to the UK’s Sunday Times:

The expectation is that [school] leaders and those who aspire to leadership positions will make substantive life choices that are in conformity with the gospel and the teaching of the Catholic Church.

However, as PinkNews also reported, the Church tried to fire a primary school headteacher in 2007 for entering into a same-sex civil partnership, but was advised it would be in violation of Britain’s Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations. The religious exceptions in that policy only apply to employees whose purpose is advancing “organized religion,” not any employees who work for a religious organization. Notably, the UK’s Catholic Schools are mostly state-funded.

Earlier this month, Archbishop Nichols admitted that the Church refuses to acknowledge that gay people even exist.