A Catholic high school in Portland, Oregon, has reversed its policy on gay employees after receiving a public backlash for refusing to hire a woman because she is a lesbian, school officials said on Thursday.
The school board of the all-girls St. Mary's Academy voted unanimously late Wednesday to add sexual orientation to its equal employment opportunity policy.
The school had come under fire after it last month withdrew plans to give Lauren Brown a job as a counselor because of her sexual orientation.
Brown had accepted the job in the spring but was told by the school in July that she would not get it because of her "impending marriage to a same-sex partner," according to Brown's attorney, Gloria Trainor.
Brown is not engaged and has no plans to marry anytime soon, Trainor said.
Some students at the school launched an online protest in support of Brown after the details of the withdrawal emerged this week.
A major donor to the school, Tim Boyle, chief executive officer of Columbia Sportswear Co, had also condemned the decision and told a local newspaper there was no place in the workplace for discrimination based on sexual orientation...MHFM Comment: This is a true abomination that reveals the depth of wickedness (and the lack of Catholic faith) among the students, leaders, etc. in the Vatican II sect. Obviously, at a real Catholic school every student who protested would be immediately expelled.
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