Carla Hale Settles with Diocese of Columbus in Discriminatory Firing

Lesbian educator Carla Hale, who was fired from a Catholic high school earlier this year, has reached a settlement with the Diocese of Columbus. Hale will not return to her position as a physical education teacher and The Columbus Dispatch reports…

Administrator Affirms Anti-Lesbian Firing, As Support Continues to Grow for Carla Hale

Ohio’s Columbus Catholic schools office upheld a decision last week to fire teacher Carla Hale, whose same-gender partner became public in her mother’s obituary earlier this year. This most recent act comes after the Catholic teachers’ union refused to back…

Carla Hale’s Firing Raises Questions of Law and Church Policy

Educator Carla Hale remains terminated from Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, even though support for her continues to grow and legal action against the Columbus Diocese commences. Over the last week, there have been a number of developments in this…

In the Wake of Discrimination, Carla Hale Hopes Students See Love & Support

After continued rejection from high school administrators, Carla Hale is speaking directly to her increasing supporters and to those student whom she seeks to support. Bondings 2.0 previously reported on Ms. Hale’s firing after a female partner was listed in her…

What Will ‘Religious Liberty’ Mean in a Post-Hobby Lobby Context?

Balancing the goods of religious liberty and equality under the law is a centuries-old process in the U.S., but it has entered a new phase after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. That decision expanded corporate personhood and opened the door for…

How Will Catholic Institutions Respond to Obama’s Executive Order?

It looks very likely that President Barack Obama will sign an executive order next Monday requiring that federal contractors cannot discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  In doing so, the president may be in for some…

Columbus Diocese Adds Restrictive Language to Employment Contracts

Another diocese has revised their teachers’ contract to be more explicit about the type of personal behavior which can be used as a reason for terminating employment. The Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, which last year witnessed one of the largest…

Catholicism, Employment, & LGBT Issues

Employees of Catholic Institutions Who Have Been Fired, Forced to Resign, Had Offers Rescinded, or Had Their Jobs Threatened Because of LGBT Issues (Includes Dioceses with New Restrictive Contract Clauses, Positive Responses, Updates on Legal Cases, and Resources)  (updated November 4, 2016)  Compiled by…

Cincinnati Archdiocese’s New Morality Clauses Set Troubling Precedents

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has amplified the morality clause in its contract for Catholic school employees to ensure that those deemed to be living outside certain Church teachings can easily be fired, including lesbian and gay couples in committed or…