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Ohio Catholic School Fires Gay Teacher for Naming Partner in Mother's Obit

Posted by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 1:54 PM
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Ohio Catholic High School Fires Gay Teacher For Naming Partner In Mother’s Obituary

Carla Hale (Photo Credit: Brooke LaValley, Columbus Dispatch)

When Carla Hale was fired from Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus Ohio because she’s gay after working there for 19 years, students were quick to rally to her cause. A Change.org petition calling on the Catholic high school to reinstate her already has over 11,000 signatures. Now Hale has come forward to tell her own story. When her mother died in March, she included her partner’s name in her obituary, and apparently an anonymous parent thought was sufficient reason to complain to the Diocese of Columbus. Hale told the Colmbus Dispatch that the school then fired her a week later:

HALE: If it were not for an obituary that appeared in the paper, none of this would be happening… She asked me if I really wanted to put her name in there — in the obituary — but as we sat there that day — my mom really loved Julie and Julie  loved my my mom and as I sat there with my brother, you know, it was like… his wife was mentioned, my niece’s husband was mentioned, so why not? Why not my person I love?

This is hardly the first time the Catholic Church has punished employees simply for being gay. Last year, a music teacher in Missouri and a music director in North Carolina were fired for planning weddings with their same-sex partners. Many more such incidents likely go unreported. The Church refused to comment because it is a personnel matter.

The city of Columbus has nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation with no exemptions for religious organizations, and the Columbus Dispatch argues that she would have a viable case if she filed a complaint.


http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/04/18/1887871/ohio-catholic-high-school-fires-gay-teacher-for-naming-partner-in-mothers-obituary/?mobile=nc

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..MoonShine..
by Redwood Witch on Apr. 18, 2013 at 1:55 PM

The last two paragraphs are not a part of her quote, that's how my dumb comp c/p'd. 

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 1:58 PM
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I don't understand why this is an issue.  Why are you even working for a Catholic institution when you live your life going AGAINST the teachings of that institution?

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM
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Was the school aware of her sexual orientation and she remained employed?

If there are indeed laws in place, that this school must abide by, that protect this woman based on her sexual orientation, it seems the school would be wrong in the firing of this woman.  Especially under the circumstances.

That 'concerned' parent will claim she is doing what God has instructed her to do. *sigh*  People cannot mind their own business and will seek out ways to harm others, all in the name of God.

Wait for it.................................................the resident 'Catholic' should be in here soon.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 18, 2013 at 2:01 PM


Quoting futureshock:

I don't understand why this is an issue.  Why are you even working for a Catholic institution when you live your life going AGAINST the teachings of that institution?

Good point indeed.

That is why I am curious as to if this woman's position is really protected by law, regardless of the school being a Catholic school.

Also, if she has worked there that long, can they really say they were not aware of who she is?


..MoonShine..
by Redwood Witch on Apr. 18, 2013 at 2:01 PM
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Can a gay person not be Catholic? 

Someone better tell my friend and his Church community. THey must not know that rule. 

Quoting futureshock:

I don't understand why this is an issue.  Why are you even working for a Catholic institution when you live your life going AGAINST the teachings of that institution?


..MoonShine..
by Redwood Witch on Apr. 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM

IDK...she's taken to outright ignoring the evil demon inside me. LOL 

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Was the school aware of her sexual orientation and she remained employed?

If there are indeed laws in place, that this school must abide by, that protect this woman based on her sexual orientation, it seems the school would be wrong in the firing of this woman.  Especially under the circumstances.

That 'concerned' parent will claim she is doing what God has instructed her to do. *sigh*  People cannot mind their own business and will seek out ways to harm others, all in the name of God.

Wait for it.................................................the resident 'Catholic' should be in here soon.


DestinyRoseLC
by Bronze Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 2:05 PM
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JMmama
by Bronze Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 2:09 PM
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The Catholic Church has pretty clear teachings against homosexuality. I'm not sure why that continues to be a surprise to people. I certainly think that if you are going to teach in a Catholic school you would be aware of their stance on things. If it is indeed against the law in Ohio, then she certainly has a case but if I were her I would probably rather find a job someplace that would also welcome my spouse.
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futureshock
by Ruby Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 2:13 PM


Quoting ..MoonShine..:

Can a gay person not be Catholic? 

Someone better tell my friend and his Church community. THey must not know that rule. 

Quoting futureshock:

I don't understand why this is an issue.  Why are you even working for a Catholic institution when you live your life going AGAINST the teachings of that institution?


I don't know the rules of who can be and who cannot be any religion, but common sense tells me that at least the people in authority at these religious institutions should uphold the teachings of that institution, not actively live their lives going against the tenets of that institution.


..MoonShine..
by Redwood Witch on Apr. 18, 2013 at 2:13 PM

What surprises me is not their stance against homosexuality, but that after 19 years of this woman working for them, they would not be aware that she's gay. 19 years is not exactly a short amount of time to be working for someone. 

Quoting JMmama:

The Catholic Church has pretty clear teachings against homosexuality. I'm not sure why that continues to be a surprise to people. I certainly think that if you are going to teach in a Catholic school you would be aware of their stance on things. If it is indeed against the law in Ohio, then she certainly has a case but if I were her I would probably rather find a job someplace that would also welcome my spouse.


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