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Furor over gay teacherís firing may pit city of Columbus against Roman Catholic diocese
LifeSite News ^ | 04/24/2013 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN

Posted on 04/24/2013 7:34:41 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

COLUMBUS, OH, April 22, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – The firing of a teacher at Bishop Watterson Catholic High School after it was learned she was involved in a long-term homosexual relationship may pit the Catholic diocese against a Columbus city ordinance barring employers from discriminating based on sexuality.

Gym instructor Carla Hale, 57, was fired last week after an anonymous parent wrote the Diocese of Columbus to complain because in an obituary for Hale’s mother, Hale was listed as a survivor alongside her longtime lesbian partner, Julie.

Hale signed a morality clause as part of her contract, affirming that “Catholic school personnel are expected to be examples of moral behavior and professionalism,” and acknowledging her employment could be terminated for “immorality” or “serious unethical conduct.” Because the Roman Catholic Church holds homosexual behavior to be gravely immoral, the Diocese of Columbus found her to be in violation of her contract, and fired her.

Now, Hale wants her job back. She has filed a grievance with the teachers’ union, and her lawyer, Thomas Tootle, told the Columbus Dispatch that if Hale’s union grievance does not succeed, her next step will be to sue under the city’s anti-discrimination law.

That means the diocesan officials who fired Hale may soon face legal action from the city of Columbus, fines, and possibly even jail time.

Columbus city law deems it a misdemeanor for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on sexual preference. It is also illegal for employers to have policies that discriminate based on sexual preference. There is no exemption for religious organizations or other employers who object to homosexuality on religious grounds. A guilty verdict carries penalties of up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The Diocese of Columbus refused to comment on the case, citing the confidentiality of personnel matters.

Hale’s is the latest in a series of firings of Catholic school teachers who have publicly opposed Church teaching on homosexuality. Another Ohio Catholic high school teacher, Mike Moroski of Cincinnati, was let go in February after posting on his blog that he supports same-sex “marriage.” Rather than fight the diocese, Morski launched a political career. Al Fischer, an openly homosexual music teacher in St. Louis, was fired from a Catholic school and church last year after announcing he was traveling to New York to “marry” his same-sex partner.

Although none of those cases resulted in legal action, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in January that religious employees of religious organizations cannot sue for employment discrimination. The Court defined “religious employees” as “employees of religious organizations who have religious teaching authority.” Catholic school teachers seem likely to fall under this category, especially those who sign morality clauses promising to uphold the faith.

As of this writing, more than 40,000 people have signed an online petition demanding the Diocese of Columbus reinstate Hale’s employment and issue a public apology.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: catholicschool; columbus; gay; homosexualagenda; homosexuality
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According to Business Insider

There Are Still 29 US States Where You Can Be Fired For Being Gay



1 posted on 04/24/2013 7:34:41 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

This is an example of how YOU HAVE TO LEGISLATE MORALITY.

The State will have to determine which morality it will stand up for — Traditional Christian morality or Modern Secular morality.

The state cannot stay neutral on this issue.


2 posted on 04/24/2013 7:38:29 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Wait — the girl’s gym teacher is a lesbian? Shocking!


3 posted on 04/24/2013 7:39:00 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: SeekAndFind

You can be fired for being gay in any state if you work for a religious institution, particularly if you sign a morals clause. She did both.

The SCOTUS has already ruled on this 9-0.


4 posted on 04/24/2013 7:39:20 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is it true that all female physical education teachers are gay? My school district has several, and they are militant. They also get to teach health.


5 posted on 04/24/2013 7:40:26 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: Jim from C-Town

OK, here’s a question — What if the state recognizes gay marriage?

Can the state COERCE the Catholic institution to re-instate a fired “married” lesbian teacher for what the state recognizes as LEGAL?


6 posted on 04/24/2013 7:42:06 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Sue the city back into the stone age.


7 posted on 04/24/2013 7:42:07 PM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: SeekAndFind
let the city hire it then...
8 posted on 04/24/2013 7:42:53 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode
i was going to post it's picture, but... after seeing it, i decided against it
9 posted on 04/24/2013 7:44:29 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SeekAndFind

This could be an interesting case if the teachers lawyer asks the diocese to prove ongoing homosexual activity. As I understand it, the church opposes homosexual acts, not homosexuality per se. Sadly many fifty-seven year old heterosexual couples exist in marriages without sex. It’s possible this couple does too.


10 posted on 04/24/2013 7:45:30 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: muir_redwoods

I think self-identified homosexual partnership suffices to violate the morality clause.

Nice try but no cigar. (The lesbos can probably put it to good use.)


11 posted on 04/24/2013 7:49:18 PM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: SeekAndFind

Ohio doesn’t recognize such “marriages” and neither do 40 other states.


12 posted on 04/24/2013 7:50:22 PM PDT by darkangel82
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To: Still Thinking
Remember the wrestler back the 60's named "Wild Bull Curry"? In my high school, that was the girls gym teacher's last name. Can you guess what they called her?

LOL - It fit her perfect!

13 posted on 04/24/2013 7:52:16 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s a female?

I want proof! Oh wait, never mind...


14 posted on 04/24/2013 7:54:40 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (The amount of ammo you need is determined after the gunfight.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Carla Hale (per Bing):

If you've seen one queer lesbian gym teacher, you've seen them all.

15 posted on 04/24/2013 8:08:50 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: upchuck

Shoot! I thought that was SEAN PENN.


16 posted on 04/24/2013 8:12:03 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: SeekAndFind
more than 40,000 people have signed an online petition demanding the Diocese of Columbus reinstate Hale’s employment and issue a public apology.

K.M.R.I.A.

For you non-readers of James Joyce (can't really say I blame you), that stands for "Kiss My Royal Irish A***."

17 posted on 04/24/2013 8:13:29 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: SamuraiScot
"Kiss My Royal . . ."

On second thought, now that I've seen the photo, please don't.

18 posted on 04/24/2013 8:15:37 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: SeekAndFind
Hale signed a morality clause as part of her contract

The last time the Church allowed homosexuals to hang around without being fired they ended up getting sued for it.

19 posted on 04/24/2013 8:24:38 PM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin is smiling from hell)
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To: upchuck
My eyes!!! She is butt ass ugly!!!

Lemme guess, she would be the dyke in her "relationship"?

20 posted on 04/24/2013 8:25:20 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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