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  • 9 December 2013, 0:31

Gay Teacher Sacked Over Marriage Plans

A gay teacher at a Catholic high school in Philadelphia has been fired after he applied for a marriage license.

Michael Griffin lost his job at the Holy Ghost Preparatory School after administrators said his obtaining a license to marry his same-sex partner was a violation of his contract.

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.

He said in the statement that MrGriffin's decision "contradicts the terms of his teaching contract at our school, which requires all faculty and staff to follow the teachings of the Church as a condition of their employment".

"In discussion with Mr Griffin, he acknowledged that he was aware of this provision, yet he said that he intended to go ahead with the ceremony," he added.

Mr Griffin, who graduated from the school and has taught French and Spanish there for 12 years, said that his relationship with his partner of 12 years was not kept secret from the school.

He said that his partner had even visited Father McCloskey's house in the past.

In a Facebook post, Mr Griffin said he felt "hurt, saddened, betrayed" by the school's decision.

"After 12 years together I was excited to finally be able to marry my partner. Because of that, I was fired from Holy Ghost Preparatory School today," he wrote.

"... except for this post, am at a loss for words."

Mr Griffin lives in New Jersey, which became the 14th state to recognise same-sex marriage in October.

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