Weeks after a federal judge ruled against a gay man who'd sued over his firing from a suburban Catholic parish, Colin Collette said he still struggles with a "sense of abandonment by the church. Collette, the music director at Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness, was with the parish for 17 years before he was let go in after announcing he was engaged to his same-sex partner. He filed a lawsuit against the church and the Archdiocese of Chicago last year, alleging discrimination and seeking reinstatement of his job, lost wages and damages. Collette said Wednesday that the decision "flies in such contradiction to the wonderful things that are coming out of Rome.
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A gay choir director at a Catholic church in New Jersey has quit his job because he says the priest is making his work environment hostile. On Thursday, however, the year-old was taking boxes into the parish to pack up his belongings. Russell, who grew up Catholic, said his work environment has become hostile since a new priest took over and started strongly preaching against homosexuality. A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Newark, which now runs the parish, said no one will comment because the church does not discuss personnel matters. Legal analysts say the church has the right to preach its beliefs because freedom of religion is protected by the Constitution. A spokesperson said the church tends to hire people who follow its beliefs.
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A former guidance counselor at an Indianapolis Catholic high school who was fired after marrying another woman is suing the school and the city's archdiocese. It alleges that by firing her, "defendants explicitly and impermissibly have discriminated because of sex. Fitzgerald married her wife, Victoria, in Fitzgerald had worked at Roncalli High School for 15 years before being placed on administrative leave last year because of her same-sex marriage. In , Fitzgerald told WTHR , a local NBC News affiliate, that she lived a private, married life and was essentially outed as gay when someone sent her same-sex marriage license to a school administrator, who shared it with the archbishop.
A gay music director fired by a Catholic parish for announcing his engagement to another man is now suing his former employer, filing a federal discrimination suit on Monday against his onetime church and the Archdiocese of Chicago. In , Colin Collette lost his job as music director of Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness, Illinois after he declared his betrothal to his male partner on Facebook shortly after marriage equality became legal in the state. When Collette refused, he was immediately fired. But when officials refused to reinstate Collette, who also holds a Masters in Divinity, he filed a federal discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEOC and the Cook County Commission on Human Rights in December , claiming his termination was a form of discrimination. The complaint also argued that church leaders were aware of his relationship to another man long before he was fired, implying that officials only reacted because his homosexuality became public.