Supporters bemoan decision
SPRINGFIELD - Christine M. Judd, who lost her job as dean of students at Cathedral High School after marrying her female partner in August, said Friday she will take no legal action against the diocese.
Judd submitted her resignation letter Friday to officially end her employment as the Catholic school’s dean of students and athletic director.
Judd said she has appreciated all the support she has received since she lost her job.
“I knew the risks every day of my life working at Cathedral,” Judd said. “I always had the understanding, one day it would be time to leave Cathedral because of this.”
The issue has spurred strong reaction from the community, students and alumnae, and others.
Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD), said in a prepared statement that the issue “painfully illustrates the concrete harms gay and lesbian people face across the nation, simply for being who we are.”
Judd, 35, and a Cathedral employee for 12 years, said she never publicly discussed her sexuality at Cathedral.
“I chose to get married,” Judd said. “I did my best to leave Cathedral in a proper manner before something like this happened. There is no reason to go after anybody.”
She clarified, however, that she keeps open the possibility of legal action against a person who shared information with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield that triggered the pressure from the diocese for her to resign. Judd declined to be more specific, but a photograph relating to her wedding was reportedly provided to the diocese.