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Rally for teacher who refuses to sign Catholic contract
CINCINNATI (Perry Schaible) -- Controversy over the newest contract for local Catholic school teachers leads to a protest outside the Archdiocese offices.
Former students are supporting their teacher. Richard Hague was one of the longest tenured teachers in the local Catholic school system, but no longer.
Hague refuses to sign a controversial teaching contract offered by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. That contract includes a morality clause that specifies that teachers must not show public support for a gay lifestyle, out-of-wedlock sex or abortion. All employees have to sign that contract or lose their jobs.
Hague refuses and today his former students are protesting the contract during what's being called a Rally for Hague. They call him a man of conscience.
The rally started with comments from protesters at eight o'clock Thursday morning. There was reading from a poem written by Hague. "Names like trouble. It makes them famous. They see themselves bannering on the front page for a day or a week. Nominated for time's brief residency."
Other former students spoke in support, "Dick Hague held everybody to the highest standard for 45 years in catholic education, not just his students, but his bosses too, believe me.
"The biggest thing I ever learned from Dick Hague, was never be silent and always stand up for who you are, and what you believe in, and that everything will always be okay, and him not signing that made me realize that he really meant that and that's why we're here because we mean what we say, we're all equal."
Those supporters want their voices heard and they are going to stand up for what they believe in and ultimately it's the students affected by this contract.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati says the contract is simply what's been expected of the teachers all along.
Billboards up around town also challenge the new teacher contract. A group called Voice of the Faithful claims the Archdiocese is not faithful to the gospel with this new deal.