NEW JERSEY: Archdiocese Fires Priest For Posting Pro-LGBT Facebook Message

Via the New York Daily News:

The director of Seton Hall University’s campus ministry lost his job because he expressed his agreement with a gay marriage equality group, Rev. Warren Hall said Friday on Twitter. The tweet, which has since been taken down, said he got canned for using his Facebook page to back the California-based organization NoH8 Campaign, which rose up in 2008 in response to the state’s Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage. “I’ve been fired from SHU for posting a pic on FB supporting LGBT ‘No H8’.” Hall previously wrote, according to NJ Advance Media. “I’m sorry it was met with this response. I’ll miss my work here.” Representatives for the South Orange-based Roman Catholic university told the publication that the director of Seton Hall’s campus ministry is appointed by the Archbishop of Newark and “serves at his discretion.” A spokesman for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, Jim Goodness, declined to disclose the reasons for Hall’s dismissal in an interview with NJ Advance Media but said that Hall is being reassigned within the archdiocese, which covers Bergen, Union, Hudson and Essex counties. The move immediately provoked a reaction from alumni and students, who started a petition demanding his reinstatement.

Here’s the petition.