Shelly Fitzgerald had been employed at the Catholic school was dismissed after 15 years of employment. A parishioner requested a public copy of her marriage license and then sent it to administrators. It appears that Roncalli staff gave her only three options: resign, wait to be fired or divorce.
"Archbishop Thompson ultimately makes the decision on whether or not Ms. Fitzgerald is allowed to hold her position," Roncalli junior Anna Clodfelter said in a statement released by students. "Our focus from this point on will be calling on Archbishop Thompson to do what is right."
The school released this statement in its defense (comes across as a load of crap):
"As role models for students, the personal conduct of every teacher, guidance counselor and administrator and staff member, both at school and away from school, must convey and be supportive of the teachings of the Catholic Church. These teachings include, but are not limited to: honoring the dignity of each human life from conception to natural death, care for God’s creation, and the belief that all persons are called to respect human sexuality and its expression in the Sacrament of Marriage between a man and a woman as a sign of God’s love and fidelity to His Church."
Students concerns for LGBTQ youth expressed shock at the school’s callousness.
"We were able to convey our concerns on the mental health of students who either identify with the LGBT community or connect with Ms. Fitzgerald as their guidance counselor," student Madison Aldrich said in a statement. "Many students consider Ms. Fitzgerald’s office their 'safe place.' How will LGBT students feel if they see adults firing adults based on who they love?”
The school claims its anti-LGBTQ policy is "clearly defined in school employee contracts and ministerial job descriptions."
Fitzgerald took to social media and said she felt “had to stay hidden and quiet from my friends or risk losing my job... I ask that you pray for my family, for change in the world, and know I have absolutely loved my job for the past 15 years.”