LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "Being fired for your personal life is not something that should happen," says Chloe Poirot. Outrage sets in after hearing the recent news. "Honestly it kind of makes me feel a little disgusted," Elizabeth Loftus adds.
Shortly after marrying her female partner of almost 15 years, Tippi McCullough received a phone call from the principal of Mt. St. Mary Academy giving her an ultimatum, either leave her job or be fired.
"She has turned in her resignation. It was a forced resignation.," says Sylene Cortez. Cortez is a former student and organizer of Monday's protest. She along with nearly 20 other alumni of the school and community supporters wanted to hold a peaceful protest in front of the school to make a statement. Poirot says, "Love is love, regardless of who it is."
While the principal may have been the one to contact McCullough, one protestor says she is not the one at fault. Poirot says, "You know, a lot of people are upset with the principal Mrs. Wolfe, and that was not her decision to make. She did not make the decision on her own. Our diocese in Arkansas is not a progressive diocese."
Cortez adds, "I think part of it is with the administration and a whole lot of it is with Catholic teaching and the diocese."
Many, standing in support of a person whom they love, these protestors continue to fight for what they believe is right, in hopes that their messages are heard.
In response to the termination, Mt. St. Mary Academy issued this statement:
"Out of respect for the privacy interests of our faculty, we cannot discuss details about personnel matters, just as we respect and safeguard our students' privacy. Our mission, though, is a matter of public record. Mount St. Mary Academy was incorporated in 1851 to ensure that students in Arkansas could receive an excellent education along with a solid Catholic foundation. As a Catholic school, we adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church and are committed to the vision that has guided us for more than 160 years.
Sometimes adherence to the Church's teachings may be difficult, challenging and/or unpopular. We recognize that some may disagree with our actions, and we respect their right to do so. We also value the continuing support and understanding shown by the Diocese of Little Rock and the many others who recognize that, as a Catholic school, our actions must be aligned with what we believe and teach."