When Bishop Watterson High School teacher Carla Hale returned to work last month after her mother’s death, administrators at the Catholic school in Clintonville confronted her with a letter. An anonymous parent had written to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus, appalled that Hale had listed her female partner’s name in an obituary. Within weeks, Hale said, she was fired because she is in a gay relationship. Students and other supporters recently caught wind of the firing, and on Monday, a petition was initiated on change.org to seek Hale’s reinstatement. It had gained about 4,000 signatures by yesterday afternoon.
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