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OH Catholic Teachers’ Union Won’t Help Fired Lesbian

In the “let’s add insult to injury” category: Carla Hale, the Catholic school teacher who was fired after she listed her partner’s name in her mother’s obituary, won’t be getting any help from the Catholic teachers’ union. Apparently, the union is less interested in egregious wrongful termination than sucking up to the diocese.

“The COACE [Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators] informs you of the decision of its Grievance Committee not to carry forward the grievance Ms. Carla Hale has filed to challenge the termination of her employment as a Diocesan teacher,” the union said in a letter to Hale. 

Hale taught phys ed at Bishop Watterson High School for 19 years before she was fired. Principal Marian Hutson told Hale in the letter firing her that “Your written spousal relationship violates the moral laws of the Catholic Church.” Whereas firing people for no good reason does not.

Hale has filed a grievance with the city of Columbus for wrongful termination on the basis of sexual orientation, which the city prohibits. Without union support, she will have to bear the expense out of her own pocket.

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