Principal to hold parents' meeting over gay teacher firing

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Posted: Aug 11, 2015 7:28 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The principal of a suburban Philadelphia Catholic school plans to hold a meeting with parents next month about a gay teacher fired over her same-sex marriage.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1hvkoWN ) says Waldron Mercy Academy principal Nell Stetser acknowledged the decision not to renew Margie Winters' contract "continues to cause a great deal of pain and heartfelt questioning."

A date for the September meeting wasn't immediately available. The principal says a separate meeting will also be held for the Waldron community to speak with the school's leadership.

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Winters was fired in June for being in a same-sex marriage, something she disclosed to the school upon her hiring eight years ago.

Archbishop Charles Chaput (SHAY'-poo) and the Sisters of Mercy support the firing, saying it's consistent with church doctrine.