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Student Starts Petition After Teacher Reportedly Fired For Being Gay

Student says she wants to stand up for what she believes.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A central Arkansas girl started an online petition after a national gay rights group said a Mount Saint Mary teacher was fired for marrying her partner.

The Human Rights Campaign says the principal at MSM fired Tippi McCullough shortly after she married her partner of 14 years in New Mexico.

Gillian Gullett is a 10th grader at MSM and believes in equality.

"I've always supported civil rights and I think anyone should be able to get married," Gullett said.

So she started an online petition to support McCullough.

So far it has more than 1,500 signatures, and the number is growing.

"I started it to support her because she was fired for marrying someone of the same sex and I think she needs all the support she can get," Gullett said.

The school says it could not address specific personnel matters

"Out of respect for the privacy interests surrounding our personnel, we cannot discuss details about confidential personnel matters unless the employee gives us permission to discuss these matters. Given that we are a Catholic school, we adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church and have a responsibility to provide a solid Catholic formation for our students. Sometimes adherence to these teachings may be difficult and/or unpopular. However, our mission and core values as a Catholic school require that our actions be aligned with what we believe and teach," said Karen Flake, President/CEO of Mount St. Mary Academy.

Gullett understands the school's morality clause for teachers but doesn't think what happened to McCullough is fair.

"So many other teachers have signed that contract, and they probably use birth control or have had premarital sex or anything else that goes against Catholic beliefs," Gullett said.

If you would like to sign the petition, you can click here.


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