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Gay teacher who says pregnancy got her fired speaks to Stateside

Sep 9, 2014

Barbara Webb (left) sitting with wife Kristen Lasecki
Credit User: I Stand With Barb Webb / facebook

The firing of a pregnant teacher at Marian High School in Bloomfield Hills is making headlines.

For nine years, Barb Webb taught chemistry and coached various teams at the all-girls Catholic school.

Webb is a lesbian. She married her wife, Kristen, two years ago. Earlier this year, they found out they were expecting a baby.

Barb Webb's firing has ignited an emotional response on social media.

Many Marian alumnae, parents and supporters spoke out in support of Webb on a Facebook page that has more than 4,000 members.

On other sites, however, there are those who believe Webb violated the teachings of the Catholic Church, and, as such, the Catholic private school was well within its rights to fire her.

Barb Webb joins us on Stateside today. Webb says she fears what kind of outlet that LGBT students and young adults might have to get help through this kind of process. 

"I had to share with people just what happened. For good or for bad, for agreeing or for disagreeing, I think that people needed to know that this type of thing exists and exists today," says Webb.

* Listen to our conversation with Barb Webb on Stateside above.