US Teacher Fired for Being in Same-Sex Marriage Can Sue Archdiocese, Appeals Court Rules
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An Indiana state appeals court ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by a teacher who was fired by a Catholic high school in Indianapolis for being in a same-sex marriage can continue, according to The Associated Press.
The ruling among a panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals was unanimous and reverses the decision of a Marion County court that dismissed Joshua Payne-Elliott's suit against the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
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Payne-Elliott worked for Cathedral High School as a world language and social studies teacher for 13 years before being fired in June 2019 for marrying Layton Payne-Elliott, a teacher at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, in 2017.
The firing occurred after the archdiocese mandated that all schools under its umbrella enforce a morality clause that would ban employees from entering into same-sex marriages.
Joshua was fired by Cathedral, but Brebeuf refused to fire Layton, causing the archdiocese to attempt to strip Brebeuf of its status as a Catholic school, which prompted intervention from The Vatican.
Joshua filed his lawsuit in July 2019, accusing the archdiocese of interfering with his contract with Cathedral, and saying they should not have had the authority to require his firing because his employment contract was with the school, not the church.
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The lawsuit was dismissed in May, based on several trial court rules, of which the appeals panel said were either incorrect or prematurely used to throw the case out, according to The Indianapolis Star.
By reversing the decision, the appeals court sent Payne-Elliott's case back to court, a decision praised by LGBTQ advocates.
"Joshua Payne-Elliott just wanted the chance to make his case in court. The Indiana Court of Appeals today ruled that he will get that opportunity," Greg Nevins, senior counsel for Lambda Legal, an LGBT rights group, said in a statement Tuesday, calling the reversal "wonderful."
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The archdiocese asked the lower court in August 2019 to dismiss Payne-Elliott's lawsuit, citing the First Amendment as a defense.
An attorney representing the archdiocese in the case said Wednesday in a statement that the "has repeatedly upheld the constitutional right of Catholic schools to hire teachers who fully support the schools' Catholic mission."
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"Today's ruling doesn't address this core issue, and we're confident that when the courts finally do, they will respect this fundamental right," said Luke Goodrich, the vice president and senior counsel at Becket, a legal organization focused on religious liberty.
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The vast majority of minors who enter a marriage are teenage girls, and getting married before adulthood often has devastating consequences for them," State Senator Julia Salazaar said in a statement. "The vast majority of minors who enter a marriage are teenage girls, and getting married before adulthood often has devastating consequences for them." New York is just the sixth state in the country to ban marriage before the age of 18. Delaware, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island are the only other states that have officially banned child marriage.