(AP) A judge is allowing a lawsuit alleging a Roman Catholic school in New Jersey fired an employee because she's married to a woman to move forward.

The Record reports a judge issued the ruling late Monday denying a request by Paramus Catholic High School to dismiss the lawsuit.

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Attorneys for Kate Drumgoole say the school violated the state's discrimination law when it fired her as dean of guidance and head coach of the basketball team in January after administrators learned she was married to a woman.

But the school says Drumgoole was fired because she's in a same-sex marriage, not because she's gay. An attorney for the school says it's within the law for churches to require employees to subscribe to their tenets.