- Marian High School, MichiganSr. Lenore Pochelski, IHM President
- IHM Sisters
STAND WITH BARB WEBB! We demand that Marian High School rethinks its policies and support LGBT staff and students
Barb Webb was recently forced to resign as a teacher at Marian High School in Michigan because she is pregnant and starting a family with her female partner. Webb was a well-loved teacher at the school – having been a chemistry teacher and volley ball coach for 9 years. There has been outrage from students, parents and alumni at a school that prides itself in ‘enabling young women to value human diversity and live responsible lives and inspiring its students to ‘Empower, Explore, Excel’
Webb told school officials that she was pregnant and hoped to work out some kind of maternity leave arrangement (or leave of absence) as her contract prohibited her from being public with anything that is contrary to Catholic doctrine. Marian denied her the request for leave. She was asked to resign or her employment would be terminated.
We call on Marian High School and Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) to rethink their policies and start supporting LGBT staff and students.
Love is Love in all its forms - at a time when Barb Webb should be preparing for motherhood and the beautiful journey starting a family - we want to show our support and solidarity and ask Marian High School to never make this mistake again. Help Marian make the right decision. This is a human rights issue and every act of justice that we take can collectively get us one step closer to equality!
Pope Francis: "A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: "Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?" We must always consider the person. September 2013.
- Sr. Lenore Pochelski, IHM President
Marian High School, Michigan
- IHM Sisters
Dear Marian and IHM sisters,
We ask that you change your policies around LGBT issues for staff and students. We want to know that all people associated with Marian will have a fair chance at success and happiness in their life no matter what sexual orientation they are. We would like to see a student LGBT group allowed at Marian as an established safe place for people who need it. We would like an official public apology to Barb Webb and all of the students and staff who have been shamed, ostracized, and made to feel 'less than' for how they simply want to express love in their life. Do you see how much the firing of Barb Webb has hurt the Marian Community? It is no longer acceptable that a staff 'morality clause' be used in order to treat a human immorally. Being 'socially just' means that you are willing to change and make changes to uphold the morals and values needed to give humans their human rights and to love everyone as Jesus Christ would have. This is a teaching moment. The country is now watching. Marian it is time to make a change! We can make history by being the first Catholic High School to find a middle ground by treating all Marian students as equals. Let that be Marian’s legacy.
We are Marian. Hear us. See us. Take action.
Make us proud.
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