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Fired Gay Teacher Invited to White House to Welcome Pope Francis



    The local Waldron Mercy Academy school teacher who was fired for her same-sex marriage will get the chance to meet the Pope. Margie Winters was invited to welcome Pope Francis to the White House on Wednesday. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015)

    A Roman Catholic teacher fired over her same-sex marriage says she has been invited to the White House to help welcome Pope Francis.

    Margie Winters said Monday she hopes the pontiff will address issues facing gay Catholics during his visit to the U.S. this week.

    The 50-year-old Winters says she lost her job this year at a private Catholic grade school outside Philadelphia over her 2007 same-sex marriage.

    Thousands of people from diverse social and religious backgrounds are expected to attend the welcoming ceremony Wednesday on the South Lawn.

    Winters hopes to get a chance to speak to the pope. She would ask him to extend his message of inclusion to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics.

    She says her invitation came through the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT advocacy group.