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No union backing for lesbian teacher dismissed at Catholic school

May 14, 2013

A lesbian teacher who lost her job at a Catholic school in Ohio after revealing her lesbian partnership will not be receiving support from the local teachers' union.

Carla Hall, who is seeking reinstatement as a physical-education teacher, has revealed that the Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators will not take up her case. She has also filed a complaint with the city of Columbus, saying that she was fired because of her sexual orientation. Hale's case may not be covered by the city's anti-discrimination law, however, because the government has traditionally allowed religious groups wide latitude to set their own standards for ministers and church personnel. The Columbus diocese has stated that by revealing her lesbian partnership, Hale violated the terms of employment for Catholic-school teachers, which require respect for Church teachings.


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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - May. 14, 2013 4:14 PM ET USA

    Finally, a labor union that acts with some common sense. And hats off to the diocese and the bishop who showed this teacher the way to the exit door. Let's hope more follow their lead. It's past time to call this perversion what it is, serious sin.