A gay teacher at a Catholic high school was fired Friday after he applied for a marriage license.
Michael Griffin was fired from 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 faculty at the school are required to follow church teachings, NBC
He said in the statement that Griffin'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
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 wasn't a secret from the school and that his partner had
even been to McCloskey's house.
Griffin lives in New Jersey, which became the 14th state to recognize same-sex marriage in October.