COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Roman Catholic bishop in central Ohio says the firing of a gay teacher at a Columbus Catholic school was based not on her sexual orientation but on the need to maintain the institution’s values.
Bishop Frederick Campbell tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/157B52S ) Carla Hale was fired in March because she violated the church’s moral teaching through what he describes as a “quasi-spousal relationship” with a woman. He says an extramarital affair by a heterosexual couple would go against the same teaching.
Hale says she was fired from Bishop Watterson High School after her mother’s published obituary included the name of her partner and someone complained. The physical education teacher is fighting to get her job back through a grievance with a teachers union and a complaint to the city.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com