Man sues Archdiocese of Chicago claiming discrimination

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CHICAGO -  A gay man who claims he was fired from a Catholic church after he announced his engagement to marry is now suing the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Colin Collette worked for 17 years as music director at Holy Family Church in northwest suburban Inverness.

Today, he filed a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming discrimination.  He says he was fired in 2014 after he announced that he was going to marry his long- time partner.

After nearly two years, a state commission cleared the way for the lawsuit.

The lawsuit seeks reinstatement, back pay, monetary damages and attorney's fees.

In response to WGN's inquiry on the case, the Chicago Archdiocese said it does not comment on ongoing litigation.