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Firing Of Gay Teacher Sparks Backlash
Online protests and petitions have sprung up in the wake of a gay teacher's firing from a Roman Catholic high school.
The backlash has been sharp and swift for administrators at the school near Philadelphia.
Thousands have protested the move through Facebook groups and petitions demanding that Michael Griffin be rehired. Alumni have pledged to withhold financial support.
School officials say they had no choice but to fire Mr Griffin after he sought to marry his partner. They say he publicly violated his employment contract with Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem.
Father James McCloskey, the school's headmaster, said in a statement that staff members at the school are required to follow church teachings, NBC Philadelphia has reported.
Some people say Mr Griffin should have known he was jeopardising his job by publicising his plan to wed.
Others worry the negative publicity is unfairly labelling the school as intolerant.
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