The Catholic diocese of Columbus decided recently to fire a physical education teacher because she listed her gay partner’s name as her spouse in an obituary for her mother.
I get that the Catholic Church has the right to enforce its own rules and those involve its views on sexual morality. But, come on! This is a gym teacher for crying out loud. How many of us had gay female gym teachers? I think lots of us could give a show of hands.
While fully recognizing the right of the Diocese of Columbus to do this, I nonetheless think it’s a boneheaded move. Already more than seven thousand people have signed a petition to get this woman her job back. The diocese has already run into issues with school closings and such.
I don’t think it needs any more bad press. Perhaps since she’s just teaching gym it’s time to have a more live and let live type of attitude.