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Judge: 'Ministerial exception' gives church right to fire gay music director after he marries

DM Herra Oct. 13, 2017, 5:59pm

A man fired from his job at a suburban church after marrying another man lost the federal discrimination lawsuit he filed against the church and the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Catholic church can't be sued for discriminating against gay man fired as music director: Judge

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 7, 2017, 7:56pm

A federal judge has turned aside a discrimination lawsuit brought by a gay man against the Roman Catholic Chicago Archdiocese for firing him from his role as music director at a church in suburban Inverness after he publicly announced his wedding engagement, saying the man’s tasks in his job at the church meant he “served an integral role in the celebration of mass,” and thus anti-discrimination laws did not apply to him.

Ex-church music director sues Catholic Archdiocese for firing him after announcing same-sex marriage engagement

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 8, 2016, 12:35pm

A gay man who claims he was fired as music director at a northwest suburban Catholic church after publicly announcing his engagement has asked a federal court to order the Chicago Archdiocese to give him his job back, asserting federal, state and Cook County non-discrimination laws and past employment decisions by the Archdiocese trump the Roman Catholic Church’s prerogative under the so-called “ministerial exception” to fire church workers whose same-sex marriages may violate the Catholic churc