Fired Gay Ohio Teacher: Union Won't Back Complaint

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A gay teacher challenging her firing by a central Ohio Catholic school says the local union for Catholic educators decided not to proceed with her complaint.

Carla Hale said Monday 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. 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 mother's published obituary included the name of Hale's partner and someone complained.

Bishop Frederick Campbell in Columbus said Hale was fired not because of 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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