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Music director fired over same-sex marriage plans

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:45 a.m. CDT

INVERNESS – The longtime music director at a suburban Chicago Roman Catholic church says he was fired after posting on social media plans to marry his same-sex partner.

Colin Collette says his partner proposed to him last week in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

After leading the music on Sunday at Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness, Collette says Pastor Terry Keehan asked for his resignation. He said he left without resigning, but was fired Monday.

In a written statement Wednesday, Archdiocese of Chicago officials said they were aware of the action taken by Keehan. After pointing out it doesn't comment on individual personnel issues, the Archdiocese said those serving as ministers, including worship ministers, are "expected to conform their lives publicly with the teachings of the church."

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