Just days after Carla Hale was fired from her job after mentioning her lesbian partner in her mother’s obituary, the Columbus, Ohio schoolteacher is getting support from the city’s mayor Michael Coleman.
As we reported Thursday, Hale, a physical education teacher and coach at Bishop Watterson High School, was unexpectedly terminated by the Catholic Diocese of Columbus following the publication in the Columbus Dispatch in February of her mother’s obit which mentioned Hale’s partner Julie.
Coleman tweeted his support for Hale, writing, “I stand with Carla Hale. No one in Columbus or in the United States should be denied employment because of their choice of who to love.”
The Columbus official is just one of thousands of people outraged by Hale’s dismissal. More than 20, 000 people have signed a petition on Change.org, calling on Bishop Watterson to issue an apology to Hale and reinstate her immediately.
Still, it’s good to have friends in high places.