Mike Moroski, assistant principal at Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati, has been placed on administrative leave for expressing support for gay marriage.

Moroski said the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, which operates the school, plans on firing him over a statement he posted on his blog.

In a January 27 post titled Choose your Battles, Moroski wrote in part: “I unabashedly believe that gay people SHOULD be allowed to marry. Ethically, morally and legally I believe this. I spend a lot of my life trying to live as a Christian example of love for others, and my formation at Catholic grade school, high school, 3 Catholic Universities and employment at 2 Catholic high schools has informed my conscience to believe that gay marriage is NOT something of which to be afraid.”

“[I] knew the statement I was making was not in accordance with Roman Catholic beliefs,” he told Cincinnati.com. Moroski, 34, added that he does not agreed that he violated his contract because he was following his conscience.

“I believe in Catholicism,” he said. “But my conscience will not permit me to recant my statement.”

“I'm absolutely willing to lose my job over this. The only difficult thing for me now is the students,” he added.