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PARAMUS, N.J. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A court is denying a Catholic school's second attempt to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a fired lesbian employee. Judge Lisa Perez Friscia of the New Jersey Superior Court issued the ruling Friday, October 21. The denial came after the attorney for Paramus Catholic High and the archdiocese of Newark filed a motion for dismissal, asking Friscia to reconsider her August decision where she had had denied a similar motion.
Kate Drumgoole, dean of guidance at Paramus, was fired in January after it was revealed she had entered into a same-sex "marriage" in 2014. When it came to the President of Paramus's attention, he asked Drumgoole to resign. When she refused, he fired her.
In April, Drumgoole sued Paramus High on grounds of discrimination and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Friscia ruled in August that the case would go to the discovery phase.
The lawyer for Paramus, Christopher Westrick, argued that churches and religious organizations are exempt from New Jersey anti-discrimination laws, asking that the case be thrown out of court. Westrick also argued that Drumgoole waived her right to sue when she signed a document agreeing to abide by the principles of the Catholic faith, and she violated that agreement by entering into a same-sex "marriage."