Gay teacher’s ousting from Omaha Catholic school may not be ordinance violation

04/09/2015 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Nebraska – A Catholic school’s decision not to renew the contract of a teacher due to his same-sex relationship may not be in violation of an anti-bias ordinance in Omaha experts say. According to an AP report, supporters of Matt Eledge, an English teacher and speech team coach say that the decision of Skutt Catholic High School is discriminatory; however, the city’s 3-year-old ordinance put in place for the protection of gay and transgender people has a religious exemption that could put the school’s actions in the clear.

The school rescinded an offer to renew Eledge’s contract after learning of his plans to marry his partner, claiming the action to be in violation of church tenet and a breach of contract. The school reportedly offered to allow him to return to the school if he ended his relationship.

Eledge, 28, who has been a teacher at the school since 2010, is quoted as stating of the matter, “Whatever happens, I love Nebraska and I love my job. I love working here… I want to do the right thing, but I don’t want to say anything that would hurt my job or anybody I care about. I’m scared and unsure and fearful. I’m just trying to finish out the year at this point.”

When asked if he would explore his legal options in the matter, Eledge said his current focus is only on teaching his students. He said he has received other offers for teaching next year.

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