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Union refuses to back gay teacher fired by Catholic school
Letter from the teachers' union says the decision is not a reflection on Carla Hale

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The union that represents a Catholic School teacher fired after disclosing she is gay is refusing to back her. Carla Hale is trying to regain her physical ed teaching job at a Columbus Catholic High School. But the Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators will stay out of the fight. For Ohio Public Radio, WOSU's Tom Borgerding reports.

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Carla Hale had taught 19 years at Watterson and received nothing by good reviews from her students, parents and fellow teachers. But the Catholic teachers union says it will not support Hale's push for reinstatement. 

Hale contends she was fired last March because she is gay. But the Columbus Catholic Diocese said she was fired because Hale publicized what it calls a “quasi-spousal” relationship with her same-sex partner in her mother’s obituary.

She is appealing the firing to the Watterson superintendent. Hale’s attorney, Thomas Tootle says the rejection by the teachers union means she will get no financial backing while appealing her case..

Hale has set up a website to collect donations.

The union did not comment. But union President Kathleen Mahoney wrote to Hale that the decision should not be interpreted as "reflecting unfavorably upon Hale as a person or as an educator.” 
Hale’s firing has attracted national attention.

Listener Comments:

Hopefully they will be firing all employees that use condoms, oral contraceptives, and/or have been divorced. Ironically, Watterson accepts Jewish students (which of course, they should.) A basic christian tenet is that we are all sinners and they missed an opportunity to embrace their employee and focus on the 99.99% of her life they can agree with and acknowledge that mankind is fallible in the eyes of God and leave it at that perhaps.

Posted by: Brian (Ohio) on May 19, 2013 6:05AM
Catholic schools can be very vindictive regarding the lifestyles of their teachers. Insurance does not pay for birth control, non-Catholic teachers are replaced as soon as possible, gay teachers must keep their lives a secret, and generally teachers must espouse all things Catholic at all times. I'm trying to understand why this teacher who has worked for the school for 19 years didn't understand that. Even if she does get her job back it is my opinion that the school will find another means of letting her go sometime soon after.

Posted by: Bonnie (Texas) on May 14, 2013 8:05AM
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