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Lesbian teacher fired from Ohio Catholic school won’t get her job back

Thursday, August 15, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Carla Hale, a popular physical education teacher and coach who was fired by the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, will not return to Bishop Watterson High School for a 20th year of teaching.

Carla Hale

Hale’s lawyer and the diocese released a joint statement this afternoon announcing an agreement whose terms they said they will not disclose.

What they will say: Hale’s termination won’t be reversed, but she will receive acknowledgement for her 19 years of service to the school.

Hale said she was fired by Bishop Frederick Campbell in March after her mother’s obituary included the name of her partner and someone complained.

Catholic officials insisted that they didn’t fire Hale because she’s a lesbian, but because she “publicized a spousal relationship” with another woman.

A statement released Thursday, signed by diocese spokesman George Jones and Hale’s lawyer, Thomas Tootle, reads: “Hale and the diocese stand firm on their principles but are pleased that they were able to come to a resolution.”

Hale has dropped her complaint with the Columbus Community Relations Commission under a city law that forbids discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation. She won’t pursue the matter in court, either, Tootle told Outlook Columbus.

“All pending issues between Carla, the diocese and Bishop Watterson have been resolved,” he said.

Hale will start a job as a substitute teacher on Monday and continues to seek full-time work, Tootle said.

“She’s open to job offers.”

© Outlook Columbus. An LGBTQ Nation media partner.

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45 more reader comments:

  1. Just as Christ would have done?

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:07pm
  2. The RCC is a racket and always has been.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:09pm
  3. audacity audacity n ignorance! Ohio has greater respect 4men that kidnap, beat, rape 4ten years s Ohio´s grace 4what s correct y waht s madness! Ohio my George Town Sin ya are at it like ah dog! Ohio walk your TM Religion! Ride your Disney! Audacity Ohio we invite ya brunch con Dios! Audacity audacity n actions

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:10pm
  4. Haven´t the Catholics heard the words of their Pontiff?! He´s fine with gay people so they all need to step in line and stop with the hate.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:10pm
  5. Sorry, Everyone knows the Catholic church if full of bigots so why would you work for them if your GLBT?

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:11pm
  6. Good :)

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:13pm
  7. She should aim for a better job at a university.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:13pm
  8. Why would any lesbian in her right mind want to work for a cult where students are taught that gay men and lesbians should be killed

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:14pm
  9. Ugly ass catholics!

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:16pm
  10. a lesbian gym teacher? That´s unheard of.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:19pm
  11. That´s simplistic Troy. Think !

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:20pm
  12. Boooooooo!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:20pm
  13. of course she wont. Sorry but i support the church in this. If your catholic you know the rules, you cant be both. If your gay why would you work at a catholic school? DUH yeah your gonna be fired. Not that the policy s right, but it is what they believe

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:21pm
  14. she got a nice settlement, and i agree the Church was correct in firing her

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:32pm
  15. good luck I know you will land on your feet, Ms. Hale! :)

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:36pm
  16. Let´s get her hired!

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:36pm
  17. Josh Slone. You know nothing of the Bible or Christ. Jesus hung with every undesirable He could find. Look them up the leper., the Womans with the issue of blood, He healed when He wasn´t supposed to! Go figure! He´s probably very twisted by the fact that Catholics are so so narrow minded in the year 2013. ALL JESUS PREACHED WAS LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE! WE ALL FALL SO SHORT IT´S AMAZING! UNTIL WE´RE ALL FREE TO BE, NO ONE IS FREE!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:38pm
  18. I say she´ll get a wonderful new job!

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:40pm
  19. Just because your gay means you can´t believe in god? Are you kidding ? Lol I went to a catholic high school and I am very gay lol though 10-14 years ago things were very different so no one could come out.. But things are different in today´s world.. So many people I went to high school with are gay.. Why does that mean you can´t believe in god?

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:44pm
  20. Good one!…Catholic bloody church firing a long serving teacher for being who she is…and the Catholic church,so pure…so pious so beyond reproach..and killing people and destroying lives since time immemorial…Does this strike anyone else as particularly hypocritical and judgmental or is it just me?….

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 10:01pm
  21. The people she worked for are nothing but (1) hypocrites and (2) haters

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 10:02pm
  22. doesnt surprise me

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 10:09pm
  23. Elwynn, up until last year when the Supreme Court´s Hosanna Tabor decision secular positions in religious institutions were subject to the same anti-discrimination rules as any other job. So a teacher, accountant, or janitor couldn´t be treated differently for not being Catholic but a priest, nun, or altar boy could.

    In Hosanna Tabor the Supreme Court ruled that if a secular position is part of a religious mission then they could discriminate. In that case they tried to fire a woman for getting injured then becoming disabled in a way they didn´t want to accommodate. Her suing the school to get her job back for wrongful termination violated a religious principle of the church (failure to respect authority) and therefore they could terminate her because teaching is part of their faith.

    Now that churches know they can get away with violating the civil rights act with impunity they are going to see how far they can push it.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 10:10pm
  24. This teacher was fired for being in a committed relationship and the pedophile priest they covered for❓❗❓

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 10:24pm
  25. This teacher was fired for being in a committed relationship and the pedophile priest they covered for❓❗❓

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 10:24pm
  26. stupid is as stupid does…get real. Hope she sues their butts

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 10:31pm
  27. BULLSHIT

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 10:51pm
  28. fucking catholic school is teaching hate and disrespect, fuck them.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 10:51pm
  29. As long as you hide, the Catholics are ok with it. Just like they hid the fact children were getting molested by priest. As long as no one knew and their public reputation didn´t get affected, all was good. Fuck the Catholic Church.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:12pm
  30. Pass ENDA now!

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:24pm
  31. It has a lot to do with being a hypocrite. Churches preach to us about being honest and telling the truth but yet when they discriminate others, they are very hush hush and don´t come forward and say who they are, therefore they are just as guilty. It also has a lot to do with acceptance. Again they preach to us about loving and accepting others but they can´t even do that themselves. My advice to all churches is don´t preach about being honest and accepting others if your not doing that yourselves.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:35pm
  32. OFGS who the heck is the Catholic church to judge anyone? Anyone ever read the book “Lesbian Nuns”?

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:41pm
  33. Also when business´s and churches discriminate others and then they go hide behind closed doors, right there they made the point that discrimination is wrong and they don´t want to get called out about it. Again my advice to all of them would be, DON´T DISCRIMINATE!!! DUH!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:41pm
  34. They must not have heard the Pope

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:49pm
  35. :-(

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 12:25am
  36. The Catholic Church builds more bad karma all round.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 1:18am
  37. So… let me get this straight; she wasn´t fired because she was a lesbian… but she was fired because she was in a relationship with another woman (in other words, because she´s a lesbian). The logic is frightening

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:36am
  38. Good riddence!! Gay teacher teaching kids? Nasty

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:36am
  39. head out of your butt, chis copeland.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 9:35am
  40. The results her pupils get is all that matters.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 11:11am
  41. I would not want to work for an Anti-God school that defies the word of God which they claim to follow. They are far from Christian. They teach hate and bigotry which is NOT the way of Jesus and his teachings. They should fire all the child molesting priests in the school while they are at it. What if Jesus treated them like they treat others and drop them as one of his children. (I believe they call it “The Golden Rule”) As long as hate is in your heart, God can NOT live there. — To Chris Copeland : 1 John 4:20 “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” ….. Mark 12:31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” …. Leviticus 24:19 “If anyone injures his neighbor, as he has done it shall be done to him” … 1 John 3:15 “Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.” I could go on and on and on … BUT I think I made my point.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 11:24am
  42. I would advise Chris Copeland and others to read this book sometime … http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005BTQEQ4/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 11:29am
  43. Carla Hale – There are far better schools out there for you to teach. You deserve better than to be around bigotry and hate. So un-Christian for them to treat you like they did.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 11:40am
  44. lawsuit if u can

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:46pm
  45. Sue there ass

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:53pm