Ohio Marchers Protest Catholic Teacher Contract


Demonstrators gathered in Cincinnati's Fountain Square to protest new language in contracts for teachers in southwest Ohio Roman Catholic schools that place more restrictions on personal behavior.

About 60 people showed up Tuesday to march to the offices of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to hand-deliver petitions protesting the new contracts, which specify behaviors and actions that can get them fired. That includes such things as abortion, artificial insemination and "homosexual lifestyles."

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the march drew a mix of parents, students, former teachers and others who support their cause.

All teachers in the 19-county archdiocesan school system are required to sign the contracts for the 2014-15 school year. The archdiocese has said it has no plans to change it.