NEW YORK (AP)- A gay teacher fired from St. Ann Catholic School in Normandy (Mo.), after church officials learned he was planning to get married, has tied the knot in a ceremony in New York.
Al Fischer lost his job as a music teacher in February after an official with the Archdiocese of St. Louis overheard him telling co-workers about his plans to wed his partner of 20 years.
The New York Times reports that Fischer and his partner, Charlie Robin, were married in a ceremony in front of a fountain in Central Park Friday.
New York allows same-sex marriage but Missouri does not.
The St. Louis archdiocese says Fischer was publicly demonstrating a life inconsistent with Catholic teaching.
Fischer will teach at a private school next year.
He and Robin celebrated Saturday night by taking in a Broadway show, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”.
The couple plans to sleep late Sunday morning, missing mass.
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