Sunday, August 18, 2013

Cath. School Won't Employ Fired Lesbian Teacher; Bishop: Fired Due to "Quasi-Spousal Relationship"

A lesbian teacher -- who challenged her firing by a Roman Catholic school in Columbus, Ohio -- will not get her job back as part of a settlement reached with the Diocese of Columbus, the Christian Broadcast Network website reports today (August 18, 2013).

Attorneys for Carla Hale and the diocese say that as part of the agreement, Hale will receive "acknowledgement" for her years of service at Bishop Watterson High School. Both parties declined to give details of the settlement. (Acknowledgement could refer to financial compensation.)

Hale -- who had been a physical education teacher at the Catholic school for 18 years -- said she was fired after her mother's obituary in a local paper included the name of her (Hale's) lesbian partner, and someone complained of her sexual orientation to the Columbus Diocese.

Bishop Frederick Campbell had said that Hale was fired not because of her sexual orientation, but because she violated the church's moral teaching by having what he described as a "quasi-spousal relationship" with a woman.

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