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Ohio bishop: Gay teacher’s firing was about marriage, not sexual orientation

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Roman Catholic bishop in central Ohio says the firing of a gay teacher at a Columbus Catholic school was based not on her sexual orientation but on the need to maintain the institution’s marriage values.

Bishop Frederick Campbell

Carla Hale

Bishop Frederick Campbell told The Columbus Dispatch for a story published Wednesday that Carla Hale was fired in March because she violated the church’s moral teaching through what he described as a “quasi-spousal relationship” with a woman.

He said an extramarital affair by a heterosexual couple would go against the same teaching.

Hale said she was fired from Bishop Watterson High School after her mother’s published obituary included the name of Hale’s partner, and someone complained. The physical education teacher is fighting to get her job back through a grievance with a teachers union and a complaint to the city.

The bishop told the newspaper that diocesan officials “don’t necessarily go looking for things like that,” but Hale’s decision to name her partner in her mother’s obituary made the relationship public and initiated the termination process.

Campbell said that as bishop, he has a responsibility to maintain the Catholic identity of the institutions under his purview.

Hale’s attorney argued that neither the teacher contract nor the diocesan policy specifically bound Hale, a Methodist, to abide by church tenets or to practice Catholicism.

Hale has filed a complaint with the Columbus Community Relations Commission and is pursuing a grievance through the local Catholic teachers union. More than 100,000 people have signed an online petition seeking her reinstatement.

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  1. After doma is repealed, they will be sued I suppose.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:43am
  2. Heartless.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:44am
  3. CRAP!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:44am
  4. discrimination is discrimination, even if you try to wrap it in a pretty bow. Typical of the church trying to find a loophole.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:45am
  5. bigot

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:45am
  6. a person private life should be none of there concern,

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:46am
  7. Maybe the Catholic should worry less about two adults in love, and concentrate more on the rampant pedophilia within their churches.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:47am
  8. The firing had nothing to do with “marriage,” but everything about sexual orientation. I wonder how many teachers they have who’ve been divorced and remarried, or who’ve been pregnant out of wedlock, or who’ve had abortions?

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:47am
  9. Like I have said over and over, he had better look in his own backyard before judging anybody. IDIOT.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:48am
  10. That’s a load of bullshit, you bishop asshole!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:49am
  11. where marriage is illegal, she is fired for not being married…
    wow… how “religious” is that?

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:50am
  12. Bullshit!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:50am
  13. I’m sorry but when will we as a community learn not to seek employment with or send out children to Catholic schools? This is NOTHING new. Yes it is wrong but yes they also have the right to do so. Go work for a school that doesn’t think you are an abomination. I grew up loving my Catholic schools and couldn’t wait to send my kids for the same type of education. When I realized that I was gay, I rethought that entire decision.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:51am
  14. Just like the Child Abuse Cover up is about forgiveness rather than protecting the good ole boys and the hidden assets of The Church .

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:51am
  15. I call bullshit!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:51am
  16. Really WTF

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:52am
  17. Bigots under the name of God!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:53am
  18. yo Tara DeFrancisco, in case you somehow didn’t catch this yet.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:54am
  19. …but in their eyes, it’s ok to molest children…just not two gays getting married…smh

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:54am
  20. Bigoted asshole! Its time all these religous asswipes start paying their own way..TAX THE BASTARDS

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:54am
  21. marriage? oh? did he get fired out of spite from a divorce? yes no? probably not if he or she was gay,

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:55am
  22. It would be perfectly fair if gay people were allowed to get married. As they are not, then saying her partnership was the same as an extra-marital fling is still discrimination. However, this IS the Catholic church. On the other hand, religious organizations have the right to promote their values. Including ones we don’t agree with.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:56am
  23. The Catholic Hierarchy live in a fantasyland of hate and lies.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:57am
  24. He’s so full of bs…that’s like saying someone isnt prejudiced against black people, they just dont think people with dark skin are equal…isnt it the same damn thing? jeesh

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:59am
  25. So. Be quiet about your lesbian spouse and keep your job. Gotcha.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:00am
  26. wth

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:02am
  27. Ahhhhh! The Ecumenical Catholic Communion! What a wonderful way to be Catholic! We celebrate diversity in all of God’s magnificent creation. We support marriage equality as a civil right and bless the loving commitment of two adult individuals as an ecclesiastical rite. http://ecumenical-catholic-communion.org

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:05am
  28. Clueless and out of touch.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:07am
  29. I c we still have dadt here. I m glad we cleared that up.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:11am
  30. Well said.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:13am
  31. Curiously enough, the Catholic Church is the one most accepting of homosexuality. Which is rather discouraging, when you think it through.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:14am
  32. It’s because of ignorant people like this that I left the Catholic Church.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:15am
  33. Bull all about the RCC hypocrisy. Moving and protecting pedophiles is fine. Just plain old RCC crap! This recovered Catholic is happy for the recovery!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:21am
  34. Ignorant hay seed.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:26am
  35. It was about hatred and bigotry, period

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:28am
  36. BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:30am
  37. They are full of shit. And all the obit said was this person was her partner. It did not say they had sex or were sexual, which is the issue with the Catholic Church. They are making an assumption and reading into the statement.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:30am
  38. Hate disguised as faith..

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:32am
  39. All the Catholic Church wants is for gay people to stay in the closet so that their public image wont be ‘tarnished’. I think the Catholic Church is tarnishing their own image well enough all by themselves!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:32am
  40. my bullshit detector exploded

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:35am
  41. I am sorry, but they are hypocrites.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:35am
  42. if marriage equality was legal in ohio then wtf? you broke the law with unlawful termination under the state’s laws. all the comments and posts about this so far say her Partner not her wife. so if they weren’t married again WTF? you broke the law again for assuming a situation that you had no hard facts upon. Did you search for a marriage cert in Ohio? NO! DUMB ASSES. Clean your own house first and remove pedophile priests and turn them over to the police. Then you might have a chance to speak with a smidgen of credibility.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:38am
  43. lier!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what ashame !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:45am
  44. Either way catch up with the times or close the doors to the church

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:45am
  45. Exactly what did the “actress say to the bishop” Dont mean to be facetious but what are these people going to leave the 18th century.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:46am
  46. all I can say is BULLSHIT

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 11:07am
  47. Disingenuous is as disingenuous does.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 11:09am
  48. End note you are still firing someone for whom they identify with

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 11:11am
  49. Bullshit hypocrites hiding behind ungodly church rhetoric.What would Jesus do certainly doesn’t coincide w the Catholic church’s flawed doctrine.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 11:11am
  50. Bishop is Full of Crap.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 11:15am
  51. Fucking hypocrites but what do you expect from these idiots,lets hope she takes them to the cleaners for all the money she can

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 11:36am
  52. Who cares what lies these pedophiles spew forth?

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 11:38am
  53. I simply do not believe this Bishop’s statement. I daresay that a Non-Catholic has no obligation to uphold the Catholic teaching on anything as a condition of employment. This Bishop also–in his remarks–seems to have no compassion for the loss this daughter has suffered in the death of her mother. What a “nice” guy. Also the old Canons prohibit a cleric from having a mustache (worldly, doncha know).

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 11:53am
  54. so is this dumbass saying that even if your straight and married you cant teach at a Catholic school bullshit because the guy that lives next door to me is married too a women and teaches at a catholic school

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 12:21pm
  55. Fuck this bitch and his child molesting cult! Carla can find a better job where she can be herself! Sick of religion.. These churches need to be taxed, lets see how long they last. They can spread hate, they can pay for it!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 12:36pm
  56. Only GOD CAN JUDGE!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 12:51pm
  57. So glad he cleared that up.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 12:57pm
  58. Seriously? The woman was fired because she is gay and in a relationship with another woman – no other reason. Just more bigotry!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 1:20pm
  59. It doesn’t matter what it was about, firing the teacher was WRONG.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 1:38pm
  60. I can’t wait for the Catholic Church to figure out what Republicans realized after the 2012 election: That gay men and lesbians have money.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 1:59pm
  61. Of all the mainstream churches I would say the United Church of Christ is the most accepting.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 2:01pm
  62. I hate to keep harpin on this but, if the Catholic Church refuses to listen to the Pope, I guess I have no choice to keep saying, the Pope has sanctioned same sex civil unions, which the next step is same sex marriage, whether people in the church like it or not

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 2:17pm
  63. I’m catholic and I have a lot of love for all LGBTQ human beings. I find it hard to go to church anymore because of how they present themselves now and I wouldn’t even be welcomed anyway specially if they knew who I am as a human being. I’m proud of who I am and if people don’t like it, well they can go stuff one.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 2:25pm
  64. Take them to court!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 2:37pm
  65. Tax them. NOW.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 2:58pm
  66. Bah! Humbug!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 4:37pm