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Columbus School Will Not Reinstate Teacher in Same-Sex Relationship

A physical education teacher who was fired from a Catholic high school, after her same-sex partnership was publicized in her mother’s obituary, will not get her job back as part of a joint agreement with the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

The attorneys for Carla Hale, who taught at Bishop Watterson High School for about 19 years, and the Diocese announced that she will receive "acknowledgement" for her years of service at Bishop Watterson High School, but she will not be reinstated. No other details of the settlement were provided.

The agreement puts a stop to Hale’s complaint to the Columbus Community Relations Commission that the school was guilty of a misdemeanor for firing her because of her homosexuality. The firing sparked a national debate on the rights of religious institutions to hire and fire. More than 130,000 people signed an online petition at Change.org calling for Hale to be reinstated.

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