In a troubling ruling, a Massachusetts court ruled against a Catholic school for violating a man’s rights when it refused to hire him after it became known that he was legally married to another man.
In 2013, The Fontbonne Academy in Milton, Massachusetts had originally offered a man, Matthew Barrett, a job as food services director but when he filled out his emergency contact information he listed another man whom he was legally married to. The school then told him that he couldn’t work for the Catholic school, after all.
Of course, a lawsuit ensued. And the judge in this case, Associate Justice Douglas H. Wilkins, rejected the distinction that the school attempted to make which was that their decision had nothing to do with the man’s sexual orientation but about the Church’s teaching on marriage. “It is no answer to say that Fontbonne denied Barrett employment because he was in a same-sex marriage, not because of his sexual orientation,” he reportedly wrote in his ruling. “The law recognizes no such distinction.”