A private school in the town of Borken in western Germany decides not to hire gay teacher at Gymnasium Mariengarden where almost 600 students protested. The students were seen assembled and formed a rainbow with coloured balloons where the banner read “Mariengarden is colourful.”
The man has completed his training at a Catholic school and was offered a job. But with his mention of marrying his male partner, the school withdrew his employment opportunity.
On Wednesday, Church officials responsible for the administration said, “The plan to marry contravenes the church’s position on matrimony and family.”
“We would have liked to employ him here,” said school principal Michael Brands in an interview. He added “But his decision to marry a man caused me to withdraw the contract. It does not comply with the holy sacrament of marriage. But I think what the students are doing is good. The issue is being talked about openly among us.”
English and biology teacher are famous amongst the student.
“We don’t want to simply accept that a great teacher can’t work here only because wants to marry his partner” said the 17 year old students representative, Lara Doods.
The decision to cancel this job offer has been the main topic of discussion in the school since last week. It also encouraged to a pre-planned school party where the students could make their opinions and feelings for the same, reported news magazine Der Spiegel.
“Many students, teachers and parents are affected, irritated or outraged,” said the statement made by schools administration, teachers, parents and students representatives.
The German constituency grants Catholic Church the right to hire and fire employees on religious grounds.
After working its way towards German courts for over three years now, the Eurpoean Court of Justice ruled out the man and he had lost his job due to “hidden discrimination”.
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