A Chicago federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that Roncalli Catholic High School in Indianapolis was within its First Amendment rights to dismiss a guidance counselor who had entered a public “same-sex marriage” in defiance of Catholic teachings.
The court dismissed a lawsuit brought by the former school employee, who accused the school of violating anti-discrimination law. The court cited the religious freedom of the school and of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in dismissing the case.
CatholicVote Communications Director Joshua Mercer hailed the decision as a significant victory for religious freedom. “It’s a powerful reminder that America is still the country we grew up in that a federal court would reassert this fundamental truth: The First Amendment allows Catholic schools to employ people whose lifestyles are compatible with the moral teachings of Catholicism,” Mercer said.* “This is a VERY important victory!”