Catholic school teacher fired for marrying a woman

Jocelyn Morfii married the love of her life- and was fired by the Catholic school where she taught

An openly gay first grade teacher at Miami's Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School was sacked after posting pictures of her wedding to social media.

A spokesperson told ABC 10: "She broke the contract she signed when she began teaching at a Catholic school".

Photos of the couple's Floridian beach wedding were posted on Facebook along with a video of their first dance.

Jocelyn Morffi married Natasha Hass earlier this month, and according to the Miami Herald, she returned to her job last Wednesday.

Florida does not have a statewide law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

'This weekend I married the love of my life and unfortunately I was terminated from my job as a result, ' Morffi said in a post on social media obtained by the Miami Herald. "In their eyes I'm not the right kind of Catholic for my choice in partner".

In a letter to parents, Principal Carlota Morales called it a "difficult and necessary" decision.

Several parents said they had met individually with the principal and an unnamed priest to discuss the teacher's termination, but said they had received no satisfactory explanation. They apparently didn't know Morffi was gay, but Cintia Cini said they didn't care when they found out. She never imposes her personal beliefs on others.

Her sacking came just days after she married her girlfriend and posted pictures of the ceremony to Facebook.

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Father of another student Ricardo Oviedo said, "What she does at home, that's none of our concern", adding the teacher was "inscribing in our kids a sense of community and love". "One has to understand that in any corporation, institution or organization there are policies and procedures and teachings and traditions that are adhered to".

"Today a hard and necessary decision has been made regarding Ms. Jocelyn Morffi, our first grade teacher".

About 20 parents gathered at the school to demand answers and protest Ms Morffi's sacking, on Friday morning.

Cini said she didn't know that Morffi was gay, but that it didn't matter to her or other parents.

Numerous parents also met privately with Morales and the school's priest to discuss the situation, but say they were not satisfied with the school's explanation.

"I'm upset", Christiana Lopez, the mother of a boy in Mrs Morfii's class, said. Morffi's attorney tells WPLG that they are considering legal action. She said the primary did not give the guardians a reason Morffi was expelled.

Morffi worked as a teacher at the school for seven years.

'This is really bad, ' said Simon.

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