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Rally will support Catholic school teacher who refused archdiocese contract

A person carries a sign at the rally on Thursday morning. A person carries a sign at the rally on Thursday morning.

A rally will take place on Thursday in support of a local Catholic teacher who recently resigned in protest of the Cincinnati Archdiocese contract.

Richard Hague taught for 45 years at Purcell Marian High School until the controversial teacher contract was implemented. It states that teachers can not publicly support homosexuality, sexual activity out of wedlock, or in vitro fertilization.

It is reportedly the first time for teacher contracts to cite specific examples of banned behavior. The more than 2,000 teachers in the archdiocese are required to sign to remain employed.

Hague told the New York Times that he planned to teach for another five years at the school before the new contract, and said in a letter to the archdiocese: "I simply cannot believe that Jesus would require me to condemn my friends."

The school superintendent told the AP he believes the majority of teachers have signed the new contract.

The rally is Thursday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. outside the Cincinnati Archdiocese office. 

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