Gay Teacher Fired From Mo. Catholic School Weds in New York

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.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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