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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The suburban Philadelphia Catholic school teacher fired over her same-sex marriage was shut out after attempting to bring a box of petitions asking for her reinstatement to the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Margie Winters, former director of religious education at Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion, was politely refused entry Monday to the archdiocesan offices.

Winters joked it was “because I’m so threatening” after handing the box of petitions to the guard and asking him to deliver it to Archbishop Charles Chaput.

The petition, signed by 23,000 people, was organized by social justice group Faithful America.

Winters was fired in June for being in a same-sex marriage, something she disclosed to the school upon her hiring eight years ago.

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This story has been corrected to delete an erroneous reference to the offices being under lockdown.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com