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Students Rally in Support of Fired Teacher

LITTLE ROCK, AR-- People are rallying in support of a teacher they say was recently fired for her sexual orientation.
LITTLE ROCK, AR-- People are rallying in support of a teacher they say was recently fired for her sexual orientation. And Tuesday, the teacher is expected to make a statement about her firing. Meanwhile, students have been protesting outside of Mount Saint Mary Catholic School and the Little Rock Catholic Diocese. They say their former teacher, Tippi McCullough, should not have been fired for marrying her partner. Former students and members of the community held signs in a peaceful rally to support McCullough. Their message to school administrators and church leaders Monday; change the rules.The organizer of these rallies says she's outraged the teacher was fired for her personal life.

"We were taught, you know, mercy, values which is like the intrinsic dignity and worth of a person. Compassion, mercy, all the things that don't fall in line with what has happened," said Chloe Poirot.

The Little Rock Catholic Diocese issued a different response. "We believe that marriage is, always has been, and always will be, by definition, the union of one man and one woman," said Father Jason Tyler.

Meanwhile, Mount Saint Mary school leaders released a new statement Monday saying, "We have confidence in the school's leadership and the decisions they have made during this trying time. And we respect the privacy of all who are involved."

McCullough and her wife are expected to be at a human rights campaign Tuesday to discuss her recent firing.



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