Friday, January 1, 2016

Massachusetts Court Rules Gay Man Can Work at Catholic Girls School

"Milton Catholic school loses gay bias case" by Laura Crimaldi Globe Staff  December 17, 2015

In a decision being called the first of its kind nationally, a state judge has ruled that an all-girls Catholic school in Milton discriminated against a gay man when it rescinded a job offer after learning he was in a same-sex marriage.

Matthew Barrett accepted a position as food services director at Fontbonne Academy in 2013, but the school withdrew the offer days later after Barrett listed his husband as an emergency contact on an employee form, according to a 21-page court ruling issued Wednesday.

Barrett’s lawyer, Ben Klein of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, said the decision marks the first time a judge has rejected a religious organization’s assertion that it had a constitutional right not to hire employees because they were spouses in same-sex marriages. “Marriage equality has been the law of Massachusetts for over a decade and is now the law of the land,” Klein said.

Several legal experts contacted Thursday by the Globe said they believed the ruling was the first in a legal dispute involving a religious organization and an employee in a same-sex marriage.

The decision was blasted by the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, which called it “a frontal assault on religious freedom” and “an appalling subordination of the First Amendment to the Massachusetts gay rights law.”

You are in a state that flies the rainbow flag (what if one finds that offensive, and not because of sexual identity but just because they don't like the color yellow, say) outside the RMV.