Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg would be banned from teaching at his former school due to its do-not-hire-LGBTIQ-teacher policy.
Buttigieg attended Saint Joseph High, a private Catholic school in South Bend, Indiana, the city in which he now serves as mayor. According to Jennifer Simerman, a spokesperson for the local diocese, “The diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend requires our educators to adhere to Catholic teachings on the respect for the dignity of all persons and on marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
Simerman confirms that the policy disqualifies Buttigieg as he is married to a man, which is “incompatible with the mission of the Catholic school educator”. Simerman also contends that the school is welcoming of gay students, though it prohibits transgender students.
Eliza Byard, Executive Director of queer student advocacy group GLSEN said, “It perfectly underscores the very difficult situation of LGBTQ people in our country right now.”
Byard told The Huffington Post: “We live in a country where in some states it’s perfectly legal to discriminate against LGBTQ people. Religiously based schools like his high school have the legal right to refuse to hire people who are LGBTQ.”
Earlier, the presidential candidate was in the headlines after his radio interview with a Nashville-based station didn’t go to air. The station owner prevented it from broadcasting. Cumulus Media, which owns this and hundreds more stations across the US, said the interview breached the Federal Communications Commission rule to give equal airtime to politicians.
Cumulus Media said in a statement the decision not to air the interview was made “because of the large number of political candidates currently in this race.”
The interviewer, Blair Garner, broke the news via Facebook and has since uploaded it to Soundcloud where it can be listened to in full.
A spokesperson for Buttigieg said they are “obviously disappointed that Blair’s listeners won’t have the opportunity to hear the interview.” The broadcast, in largely conservative Nashville, would have been a new audience for Buttigieg who is building a reputation for reaching out to people that aren’t his traditional voter base.