Lesbian teacher settles with Catholic Diocese
COLUMBUS, OHIO- A lesbian Catholic school teacher who challenged her firing will not get her job back as part of a settlement with the Diocese of Columbus. Instead, lawyers say Carla Hale will receive "acknowledgement" for her years of service at Bishop Watterson High School. Both parties would not disclose terms of the settlement. Hale argued she was fired after mother's obituary included the name of her partner and someone complained. The diocese claimed she was fired not because of her sexual orientation but because she violated the church's moral teaching by having what was called a "quasi-spousal relationship" with a woman.