As marriage equality becomes the law across the Sunshine State, one Florida institution has sent a clear message to its employees: post any support of same-sex marriage on your personal social media account and you could lose your job.
NBC Miami reports that the Archdiocese of Miami has sent a letter to its employees warning them that any public support that is "inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, could lead to disciplinary action including termination."
The letter, which was sent by Archbishop Thomas Wenski made specific mention of any public support on the archdiocese's employees' personal social media accounts. "Employees should exercise discretion when posting on social media sites," Wenski says in the letter. "online activity indicative of prohibitive behaviors may subject an employee to disciplinary action or termination,"
This hard conservative stance is scarcely uncharacteristic of Wenski who has been no stranger to the use of hyperbolic rhetoric on the subject of gay marriage.
In a 2012 column on same-sex marriage published by the archdiocese, Wenski called same-sex marriage "a recipe for tyranny" and warned that "if allowed to prevail in law - will result in the devaluation of all marriages with terrible consequences to society."
In 2014, Wenski penned a public letter to the Miami Herald criticizing the recent pro-marriage equality rulings in South Florida. "To impose same-sex marriage would open up a Pandora's box of unintended consequences that bode ill for the advancement of the common good and human flourishing in all of society," he wrote.
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