PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Catholic school in downtown Portland has rescinded its job offer for a college counseling position after learning that the candidate is gay.

The Oregonian reports 27-year-old Lauren Brown says St. Mary’s Academy withdrew its offer in late July after she told an administrator about her sexual orientation.

School president, Christina Friedhoff, addressed the matter in a letter sent home to parents Tuesday, saying the school must follow Catholic teachings regarding same-sex marriage in their hiring practices.

Friedhoff said the decision has been backed by the school’s board of directors and its founders. Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample has also voiced his support for the school’s actions.

But St. Mary’s students and alumni have expressed outrage over the school’s decision and have taken to social media to voice their opinions.