Supporters of Fired Gay Vice Principal Rally in Seattle Again

Sunday Jan 5, 2014

SEATTLE - Dozens of people are continuing to demonstrate in support of a former Catholic high school vice principal who was forced to resign after marrying his partner.

The Seattle Times reports that about 80 people rallied Saturday in front of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle to show support for Mark Zmuda. Co-organizer Shaun Knittel says the demonstrators want to make sure that no more teachers get fired because they got married.

Eastside Catholic School has previously said that Zmuda signed a contract that states he would follow the official teachings of the church, and gay marriage violates that contract.

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  • stelmo, 2014-01-05 16:23:12

    You can not sign away your basic civil rights!

  • Bob K, 2014-01-05 19:29:59

    THIS ONLY TAKES PLACE BECAUSE GAY CATHOLICS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS ALLOW IT -- walking out of church until the bishops relent, protesting, giving press interviews, etc is the ONLY way to get any change

  • earlgrey1492, 2014-01-07 19:11:27

    I’m sorry but I side with the school on this one. 1) he signed a contract amd most likely knew this would be verboten by the church and 2) a religious school probably wants their employees to be role models for their religious doctrine. If it’s a public school or if the school gets $$ from the state then I think he has a point. But if it’s entirely private, then I don’t blame the school.

  • Wayne M., 2014-01-07 21:29:31

    It is very clear that Mark Zmuda has made choices that show a high moral standard and dedication to make his marriage work, and that do not interfere with or cause problems for his students. What I am reading here is that if he had chosen to live with a partner outside of marriage and then chose to lie about it, he could keep his job. However, by dedicating himself to living a faithful relationship and be honest about it, he gets fired. I question the moral standards of that Catholic school and the Seattle Archdiocese. Certainly, this is not a place to send children.

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