Mt. St. Mary Academy teacher reportedly fired for marrying partner

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A national civil rights organization is looking into a matter involving a Little Rock teacher who may be fired because of her marital status.

    The Human Rights Campaign is rallying against a decision that was reportedly made at Mount St. Mary Academy. According to Paul Guequierre with HRC, teacher Tippi McCullough traveled to New Mexico to marry her female partner of nearly 15 years.

    "A secretary from Mt. St. Mary Academy called Tippi and asked her if she was planning on getting married while she was on vacation and told her if she did get married, she would be fired from her job," Guequierre said.

    Shortly after, McCullough reportedly received a call from the principal of the school, asking if she had gotten married.

    "She answered truthfully, said yes. And the principal said, 'I never thought this day would come but I have to terminate you.' But also offered her the option of resigning so that she wouldn't have to be fired," Guequierre continued.

    Mt. St. Mary Academy's President and CEO, Karen Flake, released the following statement Friday in response to questions about the incident.

    "Out of respect for the privacy interests surrounding our personnel , we cannot discuss details about confidential personnel matters unless the employee gives us permission to discuss these matters.

    Given that we are a Catholic school, we adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church and have a responsibility to provide a solid Catholic formation for our students.

    Sometimes adherence to these teachings may be difficult and/or unpopular. However, our mission and core values as a Catholic school require that our actions be aligned with what we believe and teach."

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