Same-sex marriage post shuts down school
The English Language School of a church-run learning institute in Melbourne has been shut down after its head posted on Facebook in favour of same-sex marriage.
Keith Paulusse, described as “a celibate gay man”, told media he had been “completely ostracised and stigmatised” by his Seventh-Day Adventist church.
“Head elder Johnny Wong was dismayed at the robust discussion on my Facebook page,'' Paulusse told The Age.
''The other point the SDA Church did not like was that nearly all the six teachers were gay or lesbian, and not Seventh Day Adventists.''
Church administrators warned Paulusse away from discussing LGBTI issues, suggesting that “Directing your energy to soul winning will be more profitable, e.g. getting Bible students and bringing them step by step to Jesus.”
Marriage equality advocates say the sacking is a violation of free speech.
Australian Marriage Equality campaign director Rodney Croome said it is "unAustralian" to sack staff because of views expressed outside work.
"Expressing a view on a mainstream issue in a social setting should not be the basis for depriving someone of their livelihood," Croome said.
"Australian employees should not be looking over their shoulders every time they disagree with their employers."
Gateway Adventist Centre is a Seventh-Day Adventist ministry consisting of a training centre and church networking several hundred members and alumnis across Asia.