Oregon Catholic school changes policy on gay hiring after backlash

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Roman Catholic school in Portland has changed its policy on hiring gay employees following the uproar over its decision to withdraw a job offer to a lesbian.

The St. Mary’s Academy board voted for the change Aug. 26. In an email to parents, school president Christina Friedhoff said St. Mary’s is a diverse community that welcomes gay and lesbian students and faculty.

The decision not to hire Lauren Brown for a college counseling position became public Aug. 25. The move was quickly criticized by students, parents and people throughout Portland, including Mayor Charlie Hales and Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle. Boyle is a major donor to the all-girls school his wife attended.

The position offered to Brown has been filled, but the school says it will reach out to her for a possible reconciliation.

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