New Ways Ministry reports on the story of Ireland’s lawmakers amending the Employment Equality Act to protect LGBT workers. The Catholic Church administers over 90% of Ireland’s schools. A spokeswoman for Ireland’s Gay and Lesbian Equality Network celebrated that the law would 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.”
Earlier this year, Ireland became the first country to adopt marriage equality by popular vote.
In contrast, across this country Catholic schools are firing LGBT teachers and their supporters in record numbers. This would be a good time for the United States and the American church to honor its Irish Americans by protecting LGBT workers everywhere.