A New Jersey priest was fired from his job at a Catholic university over a Facebook post supporting same-sex marriage, he claimed in a tweet.
“I’ve been fired from SHU for posting a pic on FB supporting LGBT “NO H8,”" Rev. Warren Hall, who until this week was the director of Seton Hall University's campus ministry, tweeted on Friday. “I’m sorry it was met with this response. I’ll miss my work here.”
Hall has since deleted the tweet but a change.org petition to reinstate him captured a screenshot. He followed up with a second tweet later Friday.
Grateful for all the support. Dont be angry!! Turn this into an opportunity for open/reasonable discussion on LGBT issues on a Cath Campus.
— Warren Hall (@Warrmeister) May 15, 2015
Hall could not be immediately reached for comment.
The Archdiocese of Newark, which appoints Seton Hall's director of campus ministry, denied that Hall was fired.
"His tenure is ending at the university as director of campus ministry and he is available for another assignment... I think people are misconstruing an awful lot," Archdiocese spokesman Jim Goodness told The Huffington Post. "The church has long taught that every person is to be treated with dignity and respect."
The conflict took a new twist on Sunday as college basketball star Derrick Gordon announced that he will be transferring to Seton Hall. Gordon is the first openly gay Division I men’s basketball player. He did not respond to a request for comment from HuffPost.