Hundreds of calls, some of them threatening, have been received at a Roman Catholic high school in Columbus where a gay teacher was recently fired, according to a police report filed this week. Physical-education teacher Carla Hale, who worked at the school for 19 years, was fired in March after an obituary for her mother listed the name of her female partner. The dismissal caught wide attention on social media this week, and more than 20,000 people have signed a change.org petition that students and others started on Monday to seek Hale’s reinstatement.
Former Rep. Jim Kolbe will urge the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday to amend the immigration bill to include a path to citizenship or permanent residency for same-sex partners — including his own.
The new BSA policy appears to mirror this LDS Church policy in differentiating between gay youth and gay adults. Both also carry the implication that gay adults are less trustworthy in positions of responsibility with children—a widely-rejected canard associating homosexuality with child sexual abuse.
Yesterday, the Boy Scouts of America proposed maintaining its ban on adult gay leaders, while dropping the ban on gay scouts. Several faith leaders quickly expressed their disappointment in the proposed policy change. All faith leaders continued to call for a fully inclusive scouting program that included qualified gay leaders, even while some expressed joy that gay scouts would no longer be removed.