Colleen Simon says the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese hired her aware of her sexual orientation and marital status, then fired her for it.
SNAP says breach of contract suit filed against Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese is first of its kind, and a huge victory for survivors of clerical sex abuse.
Outpourings of grief and support came in response to the murder of three people at two Jewish-run facilities in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park on Sunday, the day before the Jewish feast of Passover was to begin.
Although none of the three dead were Jewish, local police and the FBI labeled the killings a hate crime the day after the shootings. A former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of anti-Semitism was charged in connection with the killings.
In summer 2013, Kansas City Royals players, staff and fans teamed up to rally the community around an effort to lend a helping hand.
The apostolic nuncio to the U.S. wrote to Kansas City Catholics to say he received and forwarded their request for action to the Vatican.
Local Catholics say the church's lack of response to Bishop Robert Finn's misdemeanor conviction has caused further spiritual harm to the diocese.