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April 10, 2015

Gay educator prevented from teaching at US Catholic school

Students launch #LetMatthewTeach and school blocks them on Twitter.
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(AP/NATI HARNIK)

Students at a Catholic school in the US state of Nebraska are calling on the administration to reverse its decision not to renew a teacher's contract reportedly because he is gay. 

The decision of Skutt Catholic School came after English teacher and speech coach Matt Eledge informed school officials he planned to marry his partner. The school also said they would immediately fire Eledge if he told his students he was gay, which according to the school violates Church tenet and is in breach of his current contract. 

After hearing Eledge would not be able to teach next school year, students and school alumni launched #LetMatthewTeach. A petition calling on the Omaha Archdiocese to change its policy and renew the teacher's contact has gained more than 42,000 signatures. Many said the decision was employment discrimination: 

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