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28.10.2010 @ 19:52 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – The European Commission has said that Roman Catholic schools in Poland or elsewhere in the EU cannot refuse to employ gay teachers.
EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding said on Wednesday (26 October) in a written statement that EU law on non-discrimination in the workplace allows religious outfits “to take a person’s religion or belief into account, where necessary, when recruiting personnel and to require their personnel to show loyalty to that ethos.”
But she added: “While it is difficult to make a statement about a hypothetical case, the commission fails to see how a teacher’s sexual orientation could reasonably constitute a genuine and determining occupational requirement.”
The remarks come in response to formal questions by two MEPs, British centre-left deputy Michael Cashman and Spanish Green member Raul Romeva i Rueda.
The questions arose after a Polish junior minister in charge of equality, Elzbieta Radziszewska, said in an interview in Catholic daily Gosc Niedzielny in September that Catholic schools can exclude openly gay teachers and that the EU’s 10-year-old anti-discrimination directive gives them a special exemption to do so.
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