Gay teacher wins case against church school

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A teacher who was threatened with the sack for being gay has won his case against a church school.

A judge ruled that the elementary school in Oegstgeest, near The Hague, was not entitled to suspend or dismiss Duran Renkema because of his sexuality.

Mr Renkema was told he was unsuitable for his job after he came out as homosexual and moved in with another man.

The cantonal court in Leiden said the protestant Dutch Reformed Church school’s actions violated equal opportunities laws.

Responding to the decision, Mr Renkema said: “Let this be a clear signal to other schools that are considering dismissing homosexuals.”

The school said it was disappointed by the decision, but insisted it would enter negotiations with Mr Renkema “with an open heart”.

It also criticized what it called “negative reporting” of the case in the media, which it said did not accurately reflect its relationships with its staff.

Source: NRC: Rechter verbiedt gereformeerde school homoleraar te ontslaan
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