LISLE, Ill. — A Catholic school in suburban Chicago reversed course Tuesday, offering a job to a girls lacrosse coach that had been rescinded when school officials learned the woman is in a same-sex marriage.
A day earlier, word of the rescinded job offer sparked outcry at Benet Academy in suburban Lisle, which is about 25 miles from Chicago. Dozens of alumni, parents and students met outside the school to support Amanda Kammes. Thousands signed a petition.
Benet Academy officials acknowledged in a Tuesday statement that they’d withdrawn the head coach offer after learning Kammes was in a same-sex marriage. But the board determined her “background and experience made her the right candidate for the position.
“We had an honest and heartfelt discussion on this very complex issue at our meeting,” the school said in a statement. “Going forward we will look for opportunities for dialogue in our community about how we remain true to our Catholic mission while meeting people where they are in their personal journey through life.”
School officials said Kammes accepted the job.
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