The Archdiocese of Cincinnati says it fired Purcell Marian High School assistant principal Mike Moroski because his support for gay marriage contradicted church teachings.

Moroski was let go after he wrote a blog post in support of marriage equality.

In the 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.”

Jim Rigg, the diocese's director of educational services, told parents in a February 11 letter that Moroski's actions “clearly violated school policy and his employment contract” and that he was fired because his postings “directly contradict well-known teachings of the Catholic Church.”

Moroski, 34, said that he does not agree 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.”