Church: Free speech protects decision to fire teacher


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Archdiocese of Indianapolis wants a judge to dismiss a former teacher’s lawsuit on the grounds of free speech after he was fired for being married to a man.

Catholic church leaders are citing the First Amendment as a defense for firing a former Cathedral High School teacher.

The school fired him in June.

Now he’s suing saying the school violated his contract.

His husband teaches at Brebeuf Jesuit, which refused to fire him.

The Archdiocese said it no longer recognizes Brebeuf as a Catholic institution.

Archbishop of Indianapolis Charles Thompson was previously the Bishop in Evansville.

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(This story was originally published on August 22, 2019)

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