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Union won’t support fired lesbian teacher

A lesbian teacher challenging her dismissal from an Ohio Catholic school says the local union for Catholic educators has decided not to proceed with her complaint.

Carla Hale said on May 13 that the grievance committee for the Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators isn’t supporting her efforts to get back her job as a physical-education teacher.

The association hasn’t returned telephone calls seeking comment.

Hale also filed a complaint with the city of Columbus, which prohibits firings based on sexual orientation.

Hale says she was fired from Bishop Watterson High School after her partner’s name was printed in her mother’s published obituary and someone complained.

Bishop Frederick Campbell says Hale was fired not because of her sexual orientation, but because she violated the church’s moral teaching by having what he describes as a “quasi-spousal relationship” with a woman.

Teacher fired for listing her partner’s name in her mother’s obituary

A teacher in the Columbus, Ohio, area was fired for listing her partner as part of her family in her mother’s obituary.

When Bishop Watterson High School teacher Carla Hale returned to work last month after her mother’s death, administrators at the Catholic school in Clintonville confronted her about the obit, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Several weeks later, Hale was fired for being in a same-sex relationship, she said.

Students and other supporters initiated a petition on change.org to seek Hale’s reinstatement. “The school claims its mission is to teach its students about love, acceptance and tolerance, and yet it did none of this in the way it treated Ms. Hale,” the petition says.

“It’s amazing that they’ve come together and rallied around this situation,” Hale, a physical education teacher at the school for 19 years, told the Dispatch. “I’m in awe of them.”

According to a contract between the Columbus diocese and the Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators, teachers can be terminated for “immorality” or “serious unethical conduct.

Hale said she’s filed a grievance under the terms of the contract, seeking her job back. Her attorney, Thomas Tootle, said they are exploring other legal options.

Catholic school gym teacher fired after listing lesbian partner in mom’s obituary

An online petition demands the reinstatement of a teacher fired from a Catholic school in Ohio after she listed her female partner’s name in her mother’s obituary.

The Change.org petition campaign began on April 17 on behalf of PE teacher Carla Hale, who was fired from Bishop Watterson High School in Clintonville.

The petition states, “It’s unfair that someone who cared so much about her students and her job should lose them on the basis of something she cannot even control. The school claims its mission is to teach its students about love, acceptance, and tolerance, and yet it did none of this in the way it treated Ms. Hale.”

The petition also states, “When we allow injustice to go unnoticed and unpunished, we all are hurt. We have an obligation to Ms. Hale and ourselves to make sure the school hears us and decides to overturn its decision.”

The Columbus Dispatch reports that a contract between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus and the Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators, teachers can be terminated for “immorality” or “serious unethical conduct.”

A graduate of the high school and a friend of Hale’s family, Lindsey Perkins, told the newspaper that the school fired the teacher after a parent complained to the diocese about the obit, which was published in The Dispatch.

Perkins, in the paper, described Hale a “wonderful teacher and amazing role model.”

There are about 1,000 students attending Watterson.

More than 10,000 people have signed the petition.

The petition contains a short letter to the diocese that reads: Diocese of Columbus, Reinstate faculty member Carla Hale and apologize for discriminating against her on the basis of sexuality.”

On the Web…

http://www.change.org/petitions/diocese-of-columbus-reinstate-faculty-member-carla-hale