Lesson Learned: Ireland’s Catholic Schools Can’t Discriminate Against LGBT Teachers

Samantha Cowan | Takepart.com | Yahoo News | December 2, 2015

Gay teachers in Ireland no longer have to skirt questions about relationships or ignore homophobic comments, thanks to a new law that protects educators from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The bill, approved by Parliament late Wednesday night, bans religious schools and hospitals from discriminating against LGBT employees, Gay Star News reports. It amends Ireland’s Employment Equality Act and will now head to the president’s desk to be signed into law. It also includes protections for divorced workers and single parents.

“This bill is the key piece of the legislative map that will allow LGBT people to be themselves, get married, and have a family without a threat to their job if they work in a religious-run institution,” said Sandra Irwin-Gowran, director of education policy with the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, in a statement following the bill’s passage.

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