Students in Cincinnati, Ohio are rallying around Purcell Marian assistant principal Mike Moroski. Moroski was placed on administrative leave last week after refusing to remove an entry from his personal blog that spoke out in support of marriage equality. Students at Purcell Marian, a Catholic school overseen by the Diocese of Cincinnati, say that they are disappointed but not surprised by the actions of the Diocese. In a statement posted on his blog, Moroski says:
As a proud Catholic, I’m heartbroken that my belief that all committed, loving couples should be able to make a public pledge to take responsibility for each other for a lifetime has led to this ultimatum.
The post in question, entitled Choose Your Battles, was posted to Moroski's blog on January 27, 2013. In it, he stated "I unabashedly believe that gay people SHOULD be allowed to marry. Ethically, morally and legally I believe this." Moroski's conviction is so strong that he says he is willing to lose his job over his position on marriage equality, but he hopes it does not come to that. Students agree, and have started a Change.org petition, asking the Archdiocese not to remove Moroski permanently.