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Fired gay Ohio teacher: Union won't back complaint

Monday - 5/13/2013, 5:07pm  ET

FILE - In this April 24, 2013 file photo, Carla Hale delivers a statement confirming her firing from Bishop Watterson High School during a news conference at Stonewall Columbus in Columbus, Ohio. Hale, who is gay and who is challenging her firing, said Monday, May 13, 2013, that the grievance committee for the Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators isn't supporting her efforts to get back her job as a physical-education teacher. Hale also filed a complaint with the city of Columbus, which prohibits firings based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A gay teacher challenging her firing by an Ohio Catholic school says the local union for Catholic educators has decided not to proceed with her complaint.

Carla Hale said Monday the grievance committee for the Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators isn't supporting her efforts to get back her job as a physical-education teacher. The association hasn't returned telephone calls seeking comment.

Hale also filed a complaint with the city of Columbus, which prohibits firings based on sexual orientation.

Hale says she was fired from Bishop Watterson High School after her partner's name was revealed in her mother's published obituary and someone complained.

Bishop Frederick Campbell says Hale was fired not because of her sexual orientation but because she violated the church's moral teaching by having what he describes as a "quasi-spousal relationship" with a woman.


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