Colin Collette (pictured left) — the music director who served at the Holy Family Catholic Community church in Inverness, Illinois for the last 17 years — got fired by pastor Terry Keehan after Collette posted photos of his proposal to his long-time same-sex partner.
Though Keehan initially asked Collette to resign, Collette refused and so Keehan fired him. The Daily Herald reports:
”Holy Family was supposed to be a place where all are welcome," [Collette] said, noting the church's motto is "Inviting all to new life in Christ.”…
On Tuesday Collette sent an email about his firing to all the members of the church's choir, which he estimates to include 100 to 120.
"I needed them to know that I'm not doing this to contradict church teachings or make a political statement," he said. "I believe God has given me this in my life and saying no to this relationship would be saying no to God."
The response from his choir was overwhelmingly positive, Collette said. Their kindness and acceptance often moved him to tears.
In a statement released this week, the Chicago Archdiocese said they knew of Collette’s firing, but declined to comment on this specific case, instead adding, "Those that serve as Ministers of the Church, including worship ministers, are expected to conform their lives publicly with the teachings of the Church.”