MIAMI (CBS Tampa) — A Florida state commission rules that a former gay porn actor who was fired from his job as a substitute teacher is cleared to get his teaching certificate.

Miami-Dade teacher Shawn Loftis was fired last year after school officials found out that he was a gay porn actor and ran his own adult entertainment company.

“One day I get a phone call from Miami-Dade County Public Schools telling me not to go into work the next day because I was found out to be involved in the adult entertainment business,” Loftis told CBS Miami last August.

The state’s Department of Education ruled last November that Loftis – who went under the alias Collin O’Neal in films – engaged in “personal conduct which seriously reduces his effectiveness as an employee of the school board,” according to The Miami Herald.

The Friday ruling from the Education Practices Commission reversed the department’s decision and gave back Loftis the chance to earn his teaching certificate.

“Pornography is not against the law,” Loftis told the paper.

Loftis – who used to run World of Men – is now hoping to get his job back with the school district.

“The next step is Miami-Dade Public Schools,” Loftis told the Herald. “Now I’m going to fight to be reinstated because the state has determined that I’m allowed to teach.”

Miami Dade schools might not be welcoming Loftis back with open arms.

“It’s important not to confuse certification with employment,” Miami-Dade schools spokesman John Schuster told the Herald. “Having a teaching certificate does not guarantee employment or reemployment. And school districts are under no obligation to provide employment to any individual just because he or she has a teaching certificate.”

Loftis told CBS Miami that school administrators shouldn’t judge his porn past.

“I totally see it from the parents perspective but why can’t I have that separate life?”

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