Diocese of Columbus: Reinstate faculty member Carla Hale
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Doug Etgen
Dana Forsythe
Lucia McQuaide
Kitty Quinn
Norma Horan
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George Jones

Diocese of Columbus: Reinstate faculty member Carla Hale

    1. Petition by

      Jackson Garrity

      Columbus, OH

Discrimination is something that people have fought for generations. The most prominent form of discrimination in today's society is discrimination on the basis of sexuality. Carla Hale, a beloved teacher at Bishop Watterson High School, was fired by the Diocese of Columbus because of her sexuality.

Last month Ms. Hale’s mother passed away, and the local newspaper listed her female partner’s name in the obituary. Someone sent an anonymous letter to the diocese to complain. When Ms. Hale returned to work after burying her mother, she was terminated.

She was a teacher who cared for her students and treated each one with respect. The diocese, however, did not reciprocate that respect in its treatment of her. It's unfair that someone who cared so much about her students and her job should lose them on the basis of something she cannot even control.

The diocese claims its mission is to teach its students about love, acceptance, and tolerance, and yet it did none of this in the way it treated Ms. Hale. That is why we all have to stand up together and let it be known that this decision is unacceptable. If we do not fight this issue now, it will happen again, and that is not something we can allow.

When we allow injustice to go unnoticed and unpunished, we all are hurt. We have an obligation to Ms. Hale and ourselves to make sure the Diocese of Columbus hears us and decides to overturn its decision.

To:
Diocese of Columbus
Doug Etgen
Dana Forsythe
Lucia McQuaide
Kitty Quinn
Norma Horan
Mailbox
George Jones
Reinstate faculty member Carla Hale and apologize for discriminating against her on the basis of sexuality.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Julie Vesely SALT LAKE CITY, UT
      • 7 months ago

      Rules (like purity laws) are meant to be questioned. The time has come to question those antiquated rules that embrace fear over love.

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    • Randolph Reid LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 8 months ago

      I am a gay man, I have been discriminated against in the past as well... hate to see it coming back!

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    • Charlotte Ashley STONY POINT, NY
      • 8 months ago

      It is a human rights violation, and truly un-Christian

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    • Syed Arish Haider KARACHI, PAKISTAN
      • 8 months ago

      Discrimination of any sort is wrong. Everyone is the same.

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    • Amy McIlvenna HOOD RIVER, OR
      • 8 months ago

      Being gay does not mean that you are a menace to society! I am ashamed of this supposed "Christian" facility for their treatment of this woman.

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