Molly Shumate has been a school teacher in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati system for more than ten years. She won’t be returning next year, though. Shumate refuses to sign a contract that prohibits any teacher from exhibiting “public support of homosexual lifestyle.” Her reason: it would be an insult to her gay son.
“In my eyes there is nothing wrong with my son,” Shumate told the Cincinnati Enquirer. This is what God gave me and what God created and someone I should never be asked to not support.”
“For me to sign this (contract), I feel like I would be telling my son I’ve changed my mind, that I don’t support him as I did. And I won’t do that,” Shumate said.
Zachary Schumate came out to his mom when he was a teenager. Now 22, Zachary says, “It’s hard to put into words how proud I am of her,” he said. “For her to step into the public eye like this and go against the (church) … because she has a gay son speaks volumes about the kind of person she is.”
Catholic school teachers protesting the contract, saying it infringes on their free speech. About 100 teachers publicly protested last month, and thousands of people have signed petitions supporting them. Twelve billboards around the region challenge the Archdiocese stand on the contract.
The Archdiocese insists that the contract has nothing to do with family members. “While the Church’s stance on homosexual marriage is well known, this does not mean that our teachers will be asked to cast away loved family members,” said Catholic School Superintendent Jim Rigg.
No, just make sure you don’t publicly support them. How could anyone interpret that as casting them away?
Photo credit: Molly Shumate’s Facebook page