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Saddened by a Catholic school's discrimination against a gay man

To the editor: As a member of the second graduating class of Fontbonne Academy, a Roman Catholic girls' high school in Milton, Mass., I share your criticism of the school for withdrawing a job offer as food services director to Matthew Barrett when it learned that he was in a same-sex marriage. ("Discrimination ruling in same-sex-marriage case strikes right balance between freedoms," editorial, Dec. 30)

When I attended a recent graduation at Fontbonne as part of my 50-year reunion, I was amazed to see so many Asian and black student faces, unlike the Irish and Italian faces of my day. Yet this diversity is belied by the school's discriminatory treatment of Barrett, indicating that little has really changed there since I graduated in 1959.

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Even the alumni publications now use "Ms." instead of "Miss" for the single female faculty members.

Mara Casey, Laguna Niguel 

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