Friday, April 19, 2013

Ohio Catholic school fires lesbian teacher "outed" in mother's obituary

Clarie Gordon has a rather shocking “AOL original” story about a female teacher in a Catholic school in Ohio who was fired by the school when an obituary for her mother mentioned that she had a female partner. 
The AOL article (by Claire Gordon) is here and appears in the company’s jobs and career page.
The woman, Carla Hale, had been a physical education teacher at the school for years.
The article mentions that there is no protection from sexual orientation discrimination under federal law.  Even if there were, the Catholic diocese would have a ministerial exception. The story mentions the firing of an assistant principal in another Catholic school in Ohio for a personal blog posting supporting gay marriage. 
It’s conceivable that the firing may have violated a Columbus ordinance.

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