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Discrimination complaint filed against Regis Catholic Schools

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - A former Regis Catholic Schools student who was named the new president of the school system says it was rescinded because of speculation that he's gay. He has now filed a state discrimination complaint.

On April 4th, Regis made the announcement that Tim Nelson would become president, but on May 2nd the Catholic school system said it had hired someone else instead.  

Nelson says two weeks after he was named president, the school system called to question him about an obituary for his father, in which another man's name was listed next to Nelson's.   Nelson said the man is a good friend. He said never once did anyone ask if he was gay or straight.

A statement from Regis Catholic Schools says sexual orientation was not the reason.  

A spokesperson says Nelson was not hired as president because of his lack of candor about his affiliations with religious communities during the interview process.

Click here to read the entire discrimination complaint

Statement from Regis Catholic Schools:

May 3, 2013

"Regis Catholic Schools cannot speculate on the reasons for Mr. Timothy G. Nelson's claims. It is not a moral issue for someone of homosexual orientation to be a celibate. Sexual orientation was not the reason RCS decided not to hire Mr. Nelson.

Mr. Nelson was not hired as RCS President because of his lack of candor about his affiliations with religious communities during the interview process. We have shared this statement with Mr. Nelson."

Statement from Tim Nelson:

"This case is about integrity, honesty, candor and being transparent.  In regard to all religious institutions, the Catholic Church should be all of those things and more.  The Catholic Church was established on the premises of truth and honesty.  You treat others as you would want them to treat you and love your neighbor as yourself."

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