Gay Teacher Fired After Posting Wedding Photos on Facebook

A Miami teacher returned to work after celebrating her wedding to her partner only to get fired from her job. 

The Catholic school teacher, Jocelyn Morffi, posted photos her marriage last weekend to Facebook and was fired from the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School on Thursday after returning to work the day before.

“This weekend I married the love of my life and unfortunately I was terminated from my job as a result,” Morffi said on social media. “In their eyes I’m not the right kind of Catholic for my choice in partner.”

Parents, who were aware that Morffi was openly gay, protested the school Friday in defense of Morffi.

“I’m upset,” parent Christina Lopez told WPLG. “The way they handled this was just unbelievable.”

The principal, Carlota Morales, called Morffi’s firing “difficult and necessary” in a letter to parents. Officials with the Archdiocese of Miami confirmed Morffi’s termination and said that she was fired for breaking her contract, which includes a moral turpitude clause, according to WPLG. 

“As a teacher in a Catholic school, their responsibility is partly for the spiritual growth of the children,” Archdiocese of Miami spokeswoman Mary Ross Agosta told The Miami Herald. “One has to understand that in any corporation, institution or organization there are policies and procedures and teachings and traditions that are adhered to. If something along the way does not continue to stay within that contract, then we have no other choice.“

Morffi worked as a teacher for seven years at the school before she was fired Thursday.

“We were extremely livid,” Cintia Cini, a parent told the Herald. “They treated her like a criminal, they didn’t even let her get her things out of her classroom.”

In 2015, judges in Florida removed the state ban on same-sex marriage.