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Diocese Declines Reinstating Fired Gay Teacher
COLUMBUS -- The superintendent for the Roman Catholic Diocese has declined to reinstate Carla Hale.
Hale says she was fired from Bishop Watterson High School after her partner's name was revealed in her mother's published obituary.
Hale's attorney said the next step is a request to the diocese for binding arbitration.
She has also filed a discrimination complaint with the city of Columbus.
UPDATE: Gay Teacher Files Complaint Against City of Columbus
COLUMBUS (AP) -- The gay teacher that was fired by a Catholic school in the Columbus area says the local union for Catholic educators has decided not to proceed with her complaint.
Carla Hale on Monday said the grievance committee for the Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators isn't supportive of her efforts to regain employment as a phys-ed teacher.
Hale has also filed a complaint against the city of Columbus, which prohibits firings based on sexual orientation.
COLUMBUS -- A central Ohio principal says school officials were justified in firing a gay teacher who listed her partner as her spouse in an obituary.
Former Bishop Watterson High School phys-ed teacher Carla Hale met with Principal Marian Hutson on Wednesday to discuss her recent firing.
The meeting was the first step in the grievance process her lawyer filed against the school.
Hale was fired from Bishop Watterson a week after the public posting of her mother's obituary, which listed Hale's female partner as her spouse.
In a written response to the grievance, Hutson wrote, "Documents support termination. You were not terminated for being gay, but for the spousal relationship publicized in the newspaper which is against church teachings."
Hale was fired a week after the obituary was brought to the attention of the Diocese of Columbus. In the termination letter, Hale is told, "Your written spousal relationship violates the moral laws of the Catholic Church."
The Diocese was alerted to the obituary via an anonymous letter that expressed outrage over Hale's employment. "I was shocked by what I saw," the letter read. "It had her teacher's name and that of her 'spouse' listed. It was two females. "How can the Diocese of Columbus allow this?"
In response to the Hale's firing, the former teacher's supporters created an online petition, calling for her reinstatement. As of mid-April, the petition had garnered more than 7000 signatures.
Hale said she is overwhelmed by the support of Bishop Watterson students, alumni, and friends, along with people she's never met. She said she's received several calls, letters, and emails from those supporting her effort to return to her position.
The mother of three is also receiving strong support from her children, two of whom have followed her into the teaching profession.
Contrary to the opinions of some community members, Hale insists she never intentionally hid her sexual orientation from the public, but admits she does prefer to keep the details of her personal life private.
Despite her firing, Hale said she hopes to return to Bishop Watterson to resume her career, though she said she does not believe the grievance process will result in her reinstatement.
Hale's lawyer, Thomas Tootle, said he may file a lawsuit if his client is not allowed to return to her job.
Hale's battle against the school she loves is garnering national attention, which comes as a surprise to the former teacher. She said she hopes the love and support she's receiving will serve as an inspiration to young people who are questioning their sexuality for the first time.
The Catholic Diocese of Columbus sent the following statement to our sister station in Columbus regarding Hale's firing:
Personnel matters remain confidential by policy of the Diocese of Columbus, and thus cannot be discussed in specific terms by diocesan
staff, even cases that are working their way through grievance
procedures and/or have gained significant publicity.
However, what can be said in general terms is that all Catholic school
personnel at the outset of their employment agree that they will abide
by the rules, regulations, and policies of the Catholic Diocese, including respecting the moral values advanced by the teachings of Christ.
"The Catholic Church respects the fundamental dignity of all persons, but also must insist that those in its employ respect the tenets of the Church. Personnel who choose to publicly espouse relationships or principles that are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church cannot, ultimately, remain in the employ of the Church.
Courtesy of WSYX Columbus
COLUMBUS -- Bishop Watterson officials have upheld the termination of physical education teacher Carla Hale.
Hale had been fired after the Catholic school found out from Hale's mother's obituary that Hale had a female partner.
After the obituary was published, an anonymous letter was sent to the Bishop Watterson Diocese by the mother of a student, expressing outrage over Hale's employment.
In the termination letter, Hale is told, "Your written spousal relationship violates the moral laws of the Catholic Church."
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