Columbus Diocese won’t reinstate gay teacher fired from Watterson

The Columbus Dispatch
June 12, 2013

The school superintendent of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus has declined to reinstate a gay high-school teacher fired after she listed the name of her partner in a newspaper obituary, a lawyer said yesterday. Thomas Tootle, attorney for former Bishop Watterson High School physical-education teacher Carla Hale, said she has two weeks to decide whether she will seek binding arbitration based on an agreement between the diocese and the Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators union. In a letter, dated Thursday and provided by Tootle, Superintendent Lucia McQuaide says she will uphold the termination. Hale, who taught at Watterson for about 19 years, was fired from the school in Clintonville in March.