Pennsylvania teacher visits New Jersey to obtain a marriage license and is fired from his job at a local Catholic school.
Pope Francis I holds no sway over the head of the Holy Ghost Preparatory School. While the Roman Catholic pontiff may have asked, “Who am I to judge?,” Rev. James McCloskey has answered: nobody.
President McClosky on Friday learned that Michael Griffin, a veteran teacher of more than a dozen years, was getting a marriage license. Fr. McClosky knew very well whom Griffin was going to marry, as the couple had attended school functions together and even visited the Father’s home.
While Holy Ghost Prep is in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, Griffin merely had crossed the border into New Jersey to access the same rights that his heterosexual peers were born with.
“Today I applied for a marriage license since NJ now has marriage equality,” Griffin, on Friday, wrote on his Facebook page. “After 12 years together I was excited to finally be able to marry my partner. Because of that, I was fired from Holy Ghost Preparatory School today. I am an alumnus of the school and have taught there for 12 years. I feel hurt, saddened, betrayed and except for this post, am at a loss for words.”
Yes, it’s safe to say Griffin has devoted the majority of his life to the Holy Ghost Preparatory School. In return, they sacked him.
On Saturday, Griffin added that his “heart aches over everything that has happened,” but amazingly, he’s not bitter.