Al Fisher fired from St. Ann Catholic School and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Catholic Church for marrying partner

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Al Fischer

By Sharon Stevens Education Reporter

St. Louis (KSDK) - A music teacher who was fired from one Catholic school has been fired from his second job.

St. Ann Catholic School fired Al Fischer last week after finding out that he planned to marry his male partner. Fischer was also the music director at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Catholic Church in Florissant.

His partner, Charlie Robin, says Fischer will not speak publicly right now.

Some St. Ann parents say Fischer was a popular instructor and didn't deserve to be fired.

Fischer sent parents an emotional email and he asked them not to go public, but some decided to speak up.

Kathy Dolson is still active with the school, even though her children have graduated.

"He was a wonderful teacher. He did amazing things in the music program. Wonderful concerts, wrote the school fight song for the school," she said.

Al Fischer lost two jobs in one week.

The archdiocese released the following statement:
"When he publicly demonstrated a life inconsistent with Catholic teaching, Al Fischer was relieved of his duties as part-time choir director at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish and as music teacher at St. Ann Parish School. This is outlined in the Christian Witness Statement, which is on the first page of the Parish Employee Handbook, and is applicable to all employees of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and its parishes and schools."

Robin says their relationship was no secret, and he believes the archdiocese is being hypocritical.

"If there is some concern about us being a couple, it would have been discussed a long time ago. It's simply fear for this discussion to take place," he said.

Robin is the executive director of the Edison Theatre at Washington University. He says his employer has been very supportive.

Robin and Fischer plan to marry next weekend in New York where same-sex marriage is legal. It is not legal in Missouri.



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