A gay teacher at a Catholic high school lost his job because he applied to be married.
For 12 years Michael Griffin taught French and Spanish at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, Pennsylvania (located outside Philadelphia).
The alumnus of the private, all boys, liberal arts Catholic high school applied for a marriage certificate in neighboring New Jersey, an US east coast state that recently approved gay marriage.
When he informed his employer of his intention to marry his partner, Griffin was let go.
‘After 12 years together I was excited to finally be able to marry my partner,’ Griffin wrote on his Facebook page, as reported by NBC 10 Philadelphia.
‘Because of that, I was fired from Holy Ghost Preparatory School today. I am an alumnus of the school and have taught there for 12 years. I feel hurt, saddened, betrayed and except for this post, am at a loss for words.’
Fr. James McCloskey, the school’s headmaster, released a statement to NBC 10.
‘Unfortunately, this 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,’ McCloskey wrote.
‘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. Regretfully, we informed Mr. Griffin that we have no choice but to terminate his contract effective immediately,’ the headmaster continued.
Griffin’s Facebook page has been filled with messages of support.
‘Even though I am no longer employed there, I wanted to share their mission and philosophy, because I feel like I have tried to make it my life’s philosophy as best I can, even now,’ Griffin said.
‘I am trying to move forward with a peaceful heart and wish nothing but the best to my colleagues and students who mean the world to me,’ he continued.