Ohio

August 19, 2013

Carla Hale, beloved Catholic school teacher fired for being gay, reaches settlement with former employer

In April, Carla Hale was fired from her job as a physical education teacher at Bishop Watterson High School, a private Catholic school in Columbus, Ohio for being gay. It now appears that Ms. Hale and the school have found a "mutually agreed to a resolution of their disagreements."

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Resource, Ohio-based marketing company, gives full support to transgender employee

A transgender man named Decker Moss recently transitioned while at work, and the Columbus, Ohio-based marketing company he works for, Resource, not only gave him their full support from the top down—they rewrote employee policies to be inclusive of all transgender employees' needs.

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What has happened on the marriage front since DOMA? Lots.

Are you wondering what's been happening since the Supreme Court decision on DOMA? We wrote a blog about it before, but the change has been happening so fast, we've compiled a roundup of some of the newer exciting steps toward equality being made across the US.

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Bishop is asked to attend discussion panel on LGBT employees

In response to the Columbus Diocese refusal to reinstate Carla Hale as a physical education teacher at Bishop Watterson High School, Amanda Finelli of #halestormOhio and Glen Skeen of Pride @ Work Ohio have invited the bishop to attend a discussion panel on the topic of LGBT employees and faith-based workplaces.

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Ohio Pro-LGBT Catholic uninvited to speak at graduation

Two months ago, Franklin County Commissioner in Ohio, John O'Grady, was given the honor of delivering the commencement speech at Bishop Ready High School. Just prior to the graduation ceremony, O'Grady was contacted by school officials to tell him he would no longer be needed for the commencement speech because of O'Grady's position as co-chairman of the Freedom to Marry initiative supporting marriage equality in the state of Ohio.

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New study finds highest percentage of same-sex couples raising kids in states with bans on marriage equality

A new study by the Williams Institute has found that the highest percentages for same-sex couples raising kids can be found in states with a constitutional ban on marriage equality.

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Carla Hale, fired Ohio Catholic school teacher, abandoned by her union

Carla Hale, the Ohio Catholic school physical education teacher who was fired after being outed, has said her teacher's union has decided not to support her efforts to get her job back.

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Fired Catholic school teacher, Carla Hale, files complaint with city of Columbus

On Tuesday, former Catholic school teacher, Carla Hale, who was fired from Bishop Watterson High School after being outed filed a complaint with the city of Columbus. In the complaint, she said her dismissal goes against the city's anti-discrimination ordinance. Hale has also filed a grievance through the local Catholic teachers union.

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Cleveland city council member demands the murder of Cemia Dove be treated as a hate crime

A Cleveland City Council member wants the murder of Cemia "Ce Ce" Dove investigated as a hate crime. "Too often we lose loved ones because of fear or hate. Violence should not be tolerated against anyone regardless of race, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation."

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Gay Catholic School Teacher Intends to Fight Her Firing

Carla Hale, the Catholic school teacher who was fired for being gay, has stated that he intends to fight to keep her job. Carla was a physical education teacher at Bishop Watterson High School for 19 years. After her mother died, the obituary in the local paper listed Carla and her partner as survivors.

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