Ohio Teacher Quits Over Catholic Contract
A veteran Catholic school teacher in Cincinnati whose son is gay is quitting in protest of a new controversial contract specifying violations of church doctrine.
Molly Shumate, 49, of West Chester near Cincinnati, is the first known teacher of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s more than 2,200 educators to refuse to sign the new contract, which specifies which violations of Catholic doctrine could put teachers out of a job.
That includes "homosexual lifestyles," abortion, artificial insemination, and public support for any of those causes.
"In my eyes there is nothing wrong with my son," Shumate told The Cincinnati Enquirer, (http://cin.ci/QoY9DJ). "This is what God gave me and what God created and someone I should never be asked to not support."
Shumate said signing the contract would send a message to her son, who’s 22, that she doesn’t support him. "And I won’t do that," she said.
Archdiocese officials defend the contract, saying it doesn’t mean that teachers have to sever relationships with gay family members, just that they can’t publicly act or speak against the church’s teachings.
"Our culture is changing rapidly in this area, and many of our school employees, including me, have family members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender," Catholic School Superintendent Jim Rigg has said. "As Christians, we are called to love and serve all people ... while the Church’s stance on homosexual marriage is well-known, this does not mean that our teachers will be asked to cast away loved family members."