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Catholic high school dean loses job after marrying her partner

Catholic high school dean loses job after marrying her partner

The athletic director and dean of students at a Catholic high school in Springfield, MA lost her job last week, saying she was pressured to leave after marrying her female partner in August.

Christine M. Judd said she is no longer an employee of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield school system after a meeting Wednesday with administrators of Cathedral High School. []

“I was given a choice of termination or resignation,” Judd said. “I’m hurt, but I wish nothing but the best for Cathedral, its students, the parents, the athletic teams, administration and faculty. I bleed purple (the school’s color).”

Judd, a Springfield resident, worked for the Catholic school for 12 years, beginning as a science teacher in 1998. She became dean of students six years ago and was given the added duties of athletic director three years ago.

While same-sex marriage has been legal in Massachusetts since 2004, it is still not sanctioned by the Catholic Church.

On Sunday, more than 40 students protested outside St. Michael’s Cathedral, holding signs and chanting “We love Judd.”

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