April 19, 2014

Mostly clear

Gay Catholic teacher in Columbus fights firing

A gay teacher who said she was fired by an Ohio Roman Catholic school after her mother’s published obituary included the name of her partner is fighting to get her job back.

Carla Hale, 57, said she was told she was being let go because her relationship is against teachings of the church.

She plans to file a complaint this week with the city of Columbus, which prohibits firings based on sexual orientation, her attorney said Monday. She already filed a grievance that is now in the hands of a union representing teachers in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus.

Some current and former students have rallied behind the physical education teacher, staging a protest outside the diocese headquarters and starting an online petition that has collected about 100,000 supporters.

Hale said she was fired during Holy Week in March after an anonymous letter sent to school administrators drew attention to the obituary published in The Columbus Dispatch.
A copy of the letter provided by her attorney was signed “a concerned parent.”

“My daughter came home and told me that one of the gym teacher’s mother had died,” the letter said. “She asked me to pray for her. When we looked in the obituaries, I was shocked by what I saw. It had her teacher’s name and that of her ‘spouse’ listed. It was two females!”

Hale, who is Methodist, was informed about two weeks after her mother’s death that the school was investigating, but she never had a chance to discuss it with school leaders, said attorney Thomas Tootle.

Hale spent 19 years teaching at Bishop Watterson High School.

  • charliep

    This is a Catholic school, therefore she knew when she went to work there that being openly gay was not acceptable and once that it was discovered that she would lose her job…She managed to hide this from the school authorities for 19 years. For her to openly flaunt this in a newspapers obituary was a gross error on her part. A concerned parent brought this to the attention of the school authorities. Which took the correct action in this case. I for one would not like my children being taught by gay teachers for a number of reason. It has been my observation over a long life time (I am now in my ninth decade) that most most gay men are pedophiles. (note I specified gay men, not women which I have no personal knowledge about) I do suspect in this day and age that gay teachers are much more open about their sexuality and are espousing this as being normal.nnBelieve me that our LORD and Savior in no way thinks of this as being normal, but rather as an abomination to such an extent that he destroyed two cities and all of their inhabitants save three people. This is in reference to Sodom and Gomorrah.. Following is some scripture that clarifies this: (1 Cor. 5:9-12 9 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. 10 In no way did I mean the immoral people of this world, or the greedy and swindlers and idolaters, since you would then have to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. 12 For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 But God will judge those outside. Remove the evil person from among you. nnIn short Paul is telling the Corinthians here not to have any fellowship with any member of the church who is living in this life style, You are even not to eat with such a person. Any person that possess these traits is to be ostracized. Excommunicated.