Gay teacher says she was fired by Catholic school for being preg

Gay teacher says she was fired by Catholic school for being pregnant

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (WJBK) - Barbara Webb and Kristen Lasecki are expecting a baby - the two were married two years ago in Windsor. Webb is now pregnant and says she no longer has her teaching job at Bloomfield Hills Marian High School because of it.

Webb kept her life private for her nine years at Marian while teaching AP chemistry, honors chemistry, biology and coaching volleyball and softball. She was also the teacher moderator for student government.

Once she became pregnant, she asked for a leave of absence - and says her school said no.

"Obviously, being pregnant you can't hide forever so I tried to be proactive and professional," she says. "Really, my only options were to resign or be terminated."

"I wanted to say this isn't okay. I should be able to have a kid, too," she says. "This is so much more than me or my school - it's about a human right. It's a right for a woman to have a child."

The all-girls Catholic high school has a morality clause like the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.

"If you publicly had some type of actions that were contradictory to Catholic teachings, then there would be an issue," Webb says. "If you did and it was private, there seemed to be no issue."

So, she was fired. She says, in response, her students and their parents have now flooded her Facebook page with a huge show of support for her.

Marian's administration declined to go on camera, telling Fox 2's Amy Lange, "This is a a personnel matter and, as such, will remain confidential."
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