"Really feels discouraging that this is still happening."
The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland fired one of its ministers for celebrating same-sex marriage on Facebook, News 5 Cleveland reported Friday.
"It was a quick meeting. The very next day, I received a letter that said I was terminated," he told News 5.
"I never posted anything, that in my opinion, would've been controversial in any way," he said.
"It's a wake-up call for me, it's a wake-up call that I didn't really realize the Catholic Church would act like this."
Kozak told News 5 that he was shocked to discover just how hidebound his church remains on this issue.
"Really feels discouraging that this is still happening," he said.
On Tuesday, Ohio's Cuyhoga County, which includes Cleveland, passed a resolution to form a new human rights commission to combat discrimination against the LGBTQ community. The resolution was in part seen as a response to the aftermath of the Supreme Court's decision in the "Masterpiece Cakeshop" case, which opened the door for business to refuse services based on religious grounds.
The Roman Catholic Church has recently been under intense scrutiny over the way it handled allegations of the sexual abuse of minors. The church has also been accused of trying to cover up the crimes as well as protecting the priests who are suspected of committing them, rather than firing them.
Adam Johnson is an editorial intern at Pluralist. You can reach him on Twitter