The Trump administration is once again showing that it has very little regard for LGBTQ rights, saying that an Indianapolis Catholic school should have a right to fire a teacher in a same-sex marriage. The interesting part? Read on for the full story.
Trump Admin Says Catholic School Should Be Free to Fire Teacher in Same-Sex Marriage
In a 35-page briefing (called an amicus brief), Trump’s Department of Justice argued in favor of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis firing Joshua Payne-Elliott, an openly gay teacher in a same-sex marriage, according to NBC Out. In the briefing, the DOJ claims that the school is,
“…entitled to employ in key roles only persons whose beliefs and conduct are consistent” with its “religious precepts.” In addition, the brief states, the “Constitution bars the government from interfering with the autonomy of religious organizations.”
Church Issues Ultimatums; Two Schools Respond in Totally Different Ways
Joshua Payne-Elliott started his battle with the church last year, almost two years after marrying Layton Payne-Elliott. Interesting, Layton also works at a Catholic high school in Indianapolis, and things went very differently for him.
See, the Archdioceses ordered both schools to fire the men or lose their recognition as a Catholic school. Joshua’s school caved, However, Layton’s school refused, opting instead to stand up for their beloved teacher.
Discrimination disguised as religious freedom?
Donald Trump claims that he’s prioritizing “religious liberty,” but that often comes at the expensive of marriage equality rights. His administration has filed numerous briefings supporting discrimination against LGBTQ individuals. According to Washington Blade, ever since the electoral college overruled popular vote and installed Trump into the office of presidency in 2016, he’s:
- Sided with a homophobic baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.
- Attempted to strip a toddler of her citizenship birthright because her parents are gay.
- Make that two toddlers.
- Sided with discriminatory foster care agencies.
- Banned transgender individuals in the military.
- Appointed numerous anti-LGBTQ officials to various offices
- Reversed transgender healthcare protections.
According to NBC news, an ACLU report concluded that Trump’s administration’s idea of “religious liberty” is completely “gutting are gutting civil rights protections — particularly for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans.” As Louise Melling of the ACLU told NBC News, “The administration is taking the position that religious freedoms give you a right to discriminate.”