Catholic School Students, Staff Sign Petition To Keep Gay Teacher

| by Michael Allen

Students and staff at Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha, Nebraska, are rallying to keep a teacher who may have been let go because he intends to marry his boyfriend.

A petition on claims Matthew Eledge, a speech coach and English teacher, "is being fired from Skutt Catholic for being in a gay relationship."

The petition adds:

"In December of 2014, Matt and his partner, Elliot Dougherty, made the decision to get engaged. He went to the administration to let them know, and they told him he would not be invited to teach next year. Furthermore, if he told students, he would be fired immediately."

Deacon Tim McNeil, of the Archdiocese of Omaha, told KETV that Eledge wasn't fired, but his contract isn't going to be renewed, which could be for a variety of reasons including not "upholding the teachings of the church."

The petition also states, "Under (Eledge's) leadership, the students have won five consecutive conference and district titles and capped another successful year with its fourth straight state championship this past March."

Kacie Hughes, the assistant speech coach, started the petition with Megan Cable. 

Hughes told KETV, "I think Skutt is a great school, and they're premier with their academics and they really do have a great staff, but I don't think this is OK."

The petition has more than 30,000 signatures from people around the world.

Neither Eledge or the school have commented.

Sources: KETV,
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