Inverness, IL -
An Illinois Catholic church fired its openly gay music director on Monday after he got engaged to his longtime partner.
Colin Collette and William got engaged last week in Rome. But after Collette announced the big news to his work family, he was quickly dismissed by administrators at the Holy Family Church in the Chicago suburb of Inverness.
In a statement, the Archdiocese of Chicago said it would not comment on the specifics of the case.
"Pastors hire and dismiss all parish personnel and govern according to the teachings of the Church and the Archdiocese policies. This is a matter of personal integrity on their part," the archdiocese said. "Those that serve as Ministers of the Church, including worship ministers, are expected to conform their lives publicly with the teachings of the Church."
Collette told NBC Chicago
that he did not hide his relationship with his future husband from co-workers because Holy Family Church positioned itself as "welcoming to all."
"Everybody was welcome. That was our hallmark. All are welcome. Well, that's all changed now. That's become a lie," Collette said.