Written by Lindsey Gietl
The Catholic Church has had problems with the LGBTQ community since it has become common in the modern world. Most of the news between the Catholic Church and LGBTQ community has not really affected Springfield, Illinois, but now it is in our backyard. On the night of Aug. 26, Lauren White took to Facebook to share her interview process with the school Sacred Heart-Griffin. White says, “I was told that I interviewed very well and that I was their number one choice. The principal was ‘thrilled’ when I accepted the offer.” White was quickly offered the job and she accepted. During a casual conversation with the principal, White revealed that she is engaged to a woman. Soon after, she received a letter informing her she did not get the job due to her sexual orientation. The media has been outraged since the news broke.
Students personally do not think the sexual orientation of teachers or what they do in their private lives should affect their job opportunities unless it is determined to cause harm to a student or fellow staff. Most teachers are not open about their private lives. Everyone comes to school to learn; it should not matter who the teacher goes home to and who they love. As long as it does not affect their teaching, it should not influence whether they are hired or fired.
LGBTQ discrimination has been a problem for students and staff for a long time. The earliest reports of teacher discrimination due to sexuality come from the late 1950s and early 60s. In 1963 a state legislative committee attacked any confirmed or suspected LGBTQ teacher by revoking teaching certificates. By the late 70s teachers began to fight back and take their issues to court. As history continued, teachers kept fighting. To this day there is still no official law forbidding sexuality discrimination as these laws change throughout the states.
For a long time it will be debated whether SHG was within their rights or not. Many consider their acts to be morally wrong, stating that schools should not have the right to fire teachers for their sexual orientation. Teacher’s private lives do not affect their teachings and students do not care about who teachers and staff go home to.