Students rally around gay teacher fired from Catholic school

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Students Rally Around Gay Teacher Fired From Catholic School

Skutt Catholic School in Omaha, Nebraska decided not to renew the contract of teacher and speech coach, Matt Eledge after he told school officials about his engagement to a man.

An online petition, which started in the beginning of April to support Eledge, already has nearly 95,000 signatures.

At the school's Annual Hawk Walk to raise money for financial aid, many students wore shirts that read, "I support Mr. Eledge." The student who created the t-shirt told KMTV that "it's about showing love" for their teacher.

Despite the overwhelming support from the community, school officials stand firm on their decision, saying:

"If a staff member cannot commit to Catholic church teachings and doctrines, he or she cannot continue to be on staff at Skutt Catholic."

Jon McMahon, President of Skutt Catholic School

Although school officials are not standing behind the teacher, he can look to hire church officials to be in his corner. Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic church, famously showed support for gay Catholics back in 2013 saying, "Who am I to judge people?" More recently, during a trip to Naples, Italy earlier this year, the Pope had lunch with a group of transgender and gay inmates.

The community wants the school officials to take a more progressive approach, stating:

"We demand the administration embrace diversity and stand up for justice by not discriminating against a teacher that has inspired hundreds of students and future leaders in the community."


Friends, students, and media outlets took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the matter:

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Students rally around gay teacher fired from Catholic school
Guys! These shirts are being sold in support of Matt Eledge! If you are interested in them contact @Darloveskesha http://t.co/11qWiC8d8N
BuzzFeed has picked up Matt's Story https://t.co/PUCNbovmpg via @Change 86,961 have signed this petition! Lets make it 100,000!!!!
Matt Eledge was released from his job at a Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha, Nebraska. While I am not... http://t.co/8yM0MeW2j7
We stand with u #MattEledge issue. As a religious institution, u av every right to uphold #tenets of religious belief #Bible @SkuttCatholic
We started a storm, but we can't stop until Matt gets his job back! #LetMatthewTeach http://t.co/GGUdjJvvPm @BuzzFeed @BuzzFeedLGBT
Teacher Matt Eledge tells our Josh Egbert: " I feel sad to leave that chapter behind,but I'm really thrilled to start this new chapter."
.@SkuttCatholic Will you fire all your employees in unmarried sexually-active unions? Or just Matt Eledge? #LetMatthewTeach
PLEASE SIGN: Let Matt Eledge Teach. Successful #Nebraska teacher, coach & role model fired for being gay. #LGBTnews http://t.co/BxgWSA4MCB
ATTENTION PEOPLE! Everyone sign this now, This is for Matt Eledge #SignForEledge http://t.co/cvzsO5vOo2
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After all, who are we to judge?

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