January 14, 2015 at 1:26 pm EDT | by Staff reports
N.C. Catholic school fires gay teacher
Charlotte Catholic High School, gay news, Washington Blade

Charlotte, N.C. (Photo public domain)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A gay substitute teacher at a Roman Catholic high school said he lost his job because he plans to marry his partner.

Q Notes reported administrators of Charlotte Catholic High School, which the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte operates, told Lonnie Billard last month that he would no longer be a substitute teacher.

Billard told Q Notes that he announced on Facebook last fall that he plans to marry his partner. The retired drama teacher said the decision to terminate his employment did not come from school officials.

The Catholic Church in recent years has come under fire from LGBT rights advocates who claim gay teachers have lost their jobs because they married their partners.

Diane Wolfe, principal of an all-girls Catholic high school in Little Rock, Ark., in 2013 lost her job after she married her partner in New Mexico. The Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York a few months earlier suspended Nicholas Coppola from teaching religious education classes and removed him from public duties at his Long Island parish after he and his husband tied the knot.

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