Al Fischer, a music teacher at St. Ann Catholic School outside St. Louis, recently was fired over his plans to marry his partner in New York, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Fischer told the paper that he was let go from his job of four years on February 17.

Fischer and Charlie Robin planned to marry on the day of their 20th anniversary, March 9, in New York, which legalized gay marriage last summer.

Shortly after a St. Louis Archdiocese representative overheard Robin talking to co-workers about his wedding plans, Fischer learned that he would be fired on his wedding day. The firing was moved up after Robin posted the news on his Facebook page on February 16, Robin told the paper.

St. Ann's pastor, the Rev. Bill Kempf, acknowledged in an email that Fischer was relieved of his duties because of his plans to marry.

The parish was “recently informed by one of its teachers of this plan to unite in marriage with an individual of the same sex. With full respect of this individual's basic human dignity, this same-sex union opposes Roman Catholic teaching as it cannot realize the full potential a marital relationship is meant to express. As a violation of the Christian Witness Statement that all Catholic educators in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are obliged to uphold, we relieved this teacher of his duties.”

Robin said the school had previously shown support for their relationship.

“There's nothing that's been hidden about our relationship at any point,” he said. “I go to the staff parties. I show up at the school concerts. … It doesn't matter until somebody with the Archdiocese is sitting in the room.”

Last month, a Charlotte, North Carolina Catholic church fired its openly gay music director after he married his longtime partner in New York.