Ireland Bans Discrimination by Religious Institutions Against LGBT Employees

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.

Leslie C. Griffin

Leslie C. Griffin

Dr. Leslie C. Griffin is the William S. Boyd Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. Professor Griffin, who teaches constitutional law, is known for her interdisciplinary work in law and religion. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.