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Catholic School Fires Gay Teacher in Advance of Wedding

Call it outPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Al Fischer, a popular teacher at a Catholic school in St. Louis County, is planning to marry his partner of 20 years – and that got him fired. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Fischer was fired after a school official overheard him discussing his wedding plans with a coworker.

Fischer was originally told he would be terminated on March 9 – the same day as his wedding. However, after his partner posted news of the firing on Facebook, Fischer was terminated the very next day.

The St. Louis Archdiocese has taken a firm stance behind Fischer’s firing based on his sexual orientation, citing the Christian Witness Statement that Catholic educators sign. The Statement requires employees to "not take a public position contrary to the Catholic Church" and "demonstrate a public life consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church."

In a statement, DignityUSA said: “A chasm exists between the support extended to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender church employees by many of their colleagues and parishioners and the letter-of-the-law behaviors of Church officials. We invite and pray for a change of heart at the levels of top leadership of the Church we love. They have much to learn from the Christian witness of those serving in the trenches.”

Stay with HRC Backstory for the latest as this story continues to develop.

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