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Gay teacher files federal discrimination lawsuit against catholic school

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  1. Revmitchell

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    Following the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage last Friday, a gay teacher who formerly served as band director at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Georgia has filed a federal lawsuit against the Catholic school claiming discrimination because of his sexual orientation.

    Flint Dollar, who is represented by attorney Charles E. Cox, Jr., says he signed a contract with the school on May 1, 2014 and announced to school officials he would be marrying his gay partner the following October without any objection from them, reports The Telegraph. He was fired three weeks later.

    However, a 13WMAZ News report from May 24, 2014 states Dollar said “school officials made the change because Dollar announced on Facebook that he planned to marry his male partner of 6 years.”

    According to the Telegraph, Dollar states in his lawsuit that he met with school president David Held in January of 2011 after being asked about teaching band at the school, and that during the meeting, Dollar told Held he was gay and living with his partner. The band director, who was hired in April of 2011, claims the school’s faculty handbook does not state teachers must be either members of the Catholic Church or require faculty to adhere to the Church’s teachings.