Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup here – I have only just last week got involved with a inspirational and important campaign supporting Barb Webb, a teacher who was fired from Marian High School, Michigan USA. Barb was a well-loved teacher at the school and was forced to resign when she asked for maternity leave so she could start a family with her female partner.
There has been an outpouring of support from students, teachers, parents, alumni, and of course the general public. The petition has got over 35,000 signatures and the story has gone national – I am hoping it will go international too. That’s where I need your help – please share the petition and spread the word. We have had some amazing press in the US from the Washington Post, Jezebel and Huffington Post – please see the links below.
I got involved in this campaign because as lesbian and a feminist these issues are incredibly important. This story is particularly special because most people that are helping to raise awareness and stand up in support of Barb Webb are heterosexual, Christian allies.
I stand with Barb Webb because this is an injustice that we can no longer afford to ignore in our progressive society. As governments and laws are built to allow same-sex marriage, society and the Church will also need to adjust their views on families and gay parenting – this is new moral ground and change is inevitable. The school still hasn’t made a public statement, and we ultimately would like to help the alumni fund a diversity club at the school. Human rights are too important and it’s encouraging to see the overwhelming support for Barb Webb. Please share the petition and spread the word!
Over and Out,
Verity Flecknell Storm in a Teacup