Roncalli High School is within its legal rights to terminate a guidance counselor after it was discovered she is married to a woman, a legal expert says. But students, parents and advocacy groups are criticizing the Catholic school’s decision. Shelly Fitzgerald, who has worked at the school for 15 years, is on paid administrative leave after school officials recently found out that she married a woman in 2014. The school said in a Facebook post Sunday night that employees must support the teachings of the Catholic church, including marriage “between a man and a woman,” and that expectation is clearly defined in employee contracts. In a Facebook message distributed to some parents, Fitzgerald said school officials said she could resign or dissolve her marriage or risk being fired or not getting her contract renewed.
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