A woman says she was forced to resign from her job as a social ministries coordinator at a Catholic parish in Missouri after her marriage to her female partner was revealed in a newspaper article, The Kansas City Star reports.
Colleen Simon, who was the subject of a profile in The Star news magazine in April, got married to Reverend Donna Simon of St Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church in Iowa two years ago. The Star says the Simons do not hold a grudge against the writer who revealed their marriage. While they say they haven’t hidden their marriage, Colleen says she refrained from using language at work that would reveal she is in a same-sex marriage.
The report quotes Simon as saying that “it’s awful, but there are laws, and until that law gets changed in the church, it is what it is.”
Simon, who has battled non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is three years cancer-free, believes Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph gave the order to fire her.