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Columbus Catholic School Fires Long-Time Teacher for Being Gay

A Columbus Catholic school fired a long-time teacher for being gay, the teacher tells WOSU. Carla Hale, 57, taught at Bishop Watterson High School for 19 years. Earlier this year, the name of Hale’s female partner appeared in an obituary for Hale’s mother. That obituary and an anonymous letter of complaint was sent to the Columbus Diocese in February. Hale was fired the following month.

Bishop Watterson school officials and the Diocese declined to speak to WOSU about the firing.


Hale, a 19-year health and physical education teacher at Watterson, said she did not discuss her sexual orientation with colleagues. She said only a few close co-workers knew. And for nearly 20 years, there was never a problem.

Hale called the anonymous letter cowardly.

“To use my mom’s obituary, her death, to write this letter. And, honestly, we wouldn’t be in this situation if it wasn’t for her death, nor if my partner’s name was Chris.”

Read more at: wosu.org

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