Friday, December 05, 2014
Fired Gay Church Music Director Files Discrimination Complaints
Yesterday's Chicago Tribune reports that Colin Collette, who had been employed for 17 years as a music director at Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness, Illinois, has filed discrimination complaints with the federal EEOC and the Cook County Human Rights Commission. Collette was fired in July after he announced that-- now that same-sex marriage is legal in Illinois-- he was engaged to be married to his longtime partner Will Nifong. Collette says church leaders knew he was gay long before he posted his engagement notice on Facebook. His complaints, naming a priest and a parish manager as respondents, allege discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and marital status.