Getting married put St. Gabriel Catholic Church music director Steav Bates-Congdon in the unemployment line, the Charlotte Observer reported. Bates-Congdon was fired Jan. 19—following an Oct. 15 wedding in New York, subsequent honeymoon and hospital stay.

steav-and-bill-congdon-bates

(Left to right) Bill and Steav Congdon-Bates

Steav, 61, married Bill, 47, in a New York state park. Steav worked at St. Gabriel in Charlotte, N.C., since 2004 and was honest about his orientation since the job interview.

In fact, Bill himself was involved in the music department. After returning from a hospital stay for a burst appendix, Rev. Frank O’Rourke handed Steav a note.

"Employees of St. Gabriel ... are expected to live within the moral tradition of the Church...Your civil marriage stands in direct opposition to the teaching of the Catholic Church, therefore ending your employment with us, effective today," it read.

 

Photo: Charlotteobserver.com

Log In to EquallyWed.com

MOST POPULAR

The Unveiling of a Lesbian in Love
The Unveiling of a Lesbian in Love
Published: Monday, 21 July 2014 18:12
An Open Letter to the Lesbian Couple who Chose to Falsely Claim a Woman is Transgender to Legally Marry
An Open Letter to the Lesbian Couple who Chose to Falsely Claim a Woman is Transgender to Legally Marry
Published: Friday, 18 July 2014 16:03
Do I Have to Invite Wedding Shower Guests to My Wedding?
Do I Have to Invite Wedding Shower Guests to My Wedding?
Published: Tuesday, 08 July 2014 20:07
Kentucky Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down by Judge
Kentucky Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down by Judge
Published: Tuesday, 01 July 2014 17:51
My Big Long-Awaited Lesbian Wedding
My Big Long-Awaited Lesbian Wedding
Published: Monday, 23 June 2014 18:55
Buying Your Wedding Rings Without Breaking the Bank
Buying Your Wedding Rings Without Breaking the Bank
Published: Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:50
Peach, Ombre, Sleeves and Bare Backs: Fall 2014 Wedding Gown Trends
Peach, Ombre, Sleeves and Bare Backs: Fall 2014 Wedding Gown Trends
Published: Thursday, 12 June 2014 20:06
 Wedding Fashions at Macy’s
 Wedding Fashions at Macy’s
Published: Tuesday, 10 June 2014 17:15
New Book Explores How Marriage Equality Benefits Children
New Book Explores How Marriage Equality Benefits Children
Published: Thursday, 05 June 2014 18:46
Invisalign Helps Make Your Wedding Smile Dazzle
Invisalign Helps Make Your Wedding Smile Dazzle
Published: Friday, 30 May 2014 02:27

Donate To Equally Wed