Outrage grows after vice principal forced to resign for marrying same-sex partner

SEATTLE — Students continue to protest after their vice principal is forced to resign for getting married to his gay partner.

Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish says the issue is not that he is gay but that the Catholic doctrine does not accept the marriage. A marriage that is now legal in Washington.

zmudaOn Friday, more than a 100 students chanted “love always wins, change the charge” outside the Archdiocese of Seattle hoping their voices would be heard.

Vice Principal Mark Zmuda violated his contract with Eastside Catholic when he married his gay partner over the summer.

“The students love him, good guy, great teacher and good administrator,” Eastside parent Katie Myers.

The Catholic Church does not approve of same-sex marriage so when he was forced to resign, it took no time for students to protest and challenge the church.

“It’s grown bigger than him — it’s grown as a movement from stopping things like that from happening,” student Falen Wilkes said.

“Their flock, their schools, this entire generation of Catholics disagrees with this rule. What’s the point of having it?  Why in God’s name is it still here,” student Cole Fischer said.

Students from several other Catholic schools have joined the fight.

“You know, risk getting detention to be in solidarity with Eastside Catholic,” Fischer said.

A petition on change.org already had more than 18,000 signatures by Friday night.

“I hope this doesn’t stop here. It’s been two days and we have thousands and thousands of people all over the country and all over the world are supporting us,” one student said.

Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray also addressed the crowd.

“As a gay man I grew up in a family that has Catholic values,” Murray said.

Murray says he didn’t show up to argue about the Catholic doctrine but about what was fair.

“Challenging church doctrine wouldn’t be my place, and I wouldn’t do it as a Roman Catholic, but I do think we need to challenge when people are not treated fairly in the workplace,” Murray said.

Students are determined to stand their ground until Zmuda is back.

“When we get back from winter break, we will keep protesting. I doubt we will go to school the first day,” said one student.

Attorney Michael Patterson, who is representing the schoo< released a statement.

“Eastside Catholic  School and its Vice Principal have agreed with mutual regret on his resignation from employment. The Catholic Church is clear on same-sex marriage and the school has no discretion in the matter. We very much appreciate his many contributions while he has served as our Vice Principal. We anticipate his excellent future at another school and we wish him the very best of success.”

Q13 Fox News also reached out to the Archdiocese of Seattle but got no response as of Friday night.

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9 comments

  • joe

    Well parents you might as well send your kids back to Government School, they sure have not learned anything about the bible, but sound more like radical left wing activists who thin they know everything and have no life experience but know it all.

  • Bike Guy

    Yet another beloved teacher fired for being gay.
    The Catholic Church lives in hypocrisy. If the Church just as rigorously went after those who practice birth control or divorce, or support the death penalty, they would at least have the benefit of consistency. But they would also have empty hallways.
    Mr. Zmuda’s marriage was a civil marriage, not a religious one. Should the church also expel any Catholic who marries a non-Catholic? What about those who marry outside the church? Are they expelled?
    What about the wealthy parents who don’t give a hoot about the poor, who scorn the downtrodden? When will the Church expel them?
    A cohort of the Church is obsessed with homosexuality. Even the Pope sees how damaging this obsession has been, at the expense of issues that truly matter.
    But gays and lesbians are safer victims, and they also feed the Catholic leadership’s own rage. The acceptance of gays and lesbians has not only depleted their ranks of easy fodder for the rectory and nunnery, but at the same torments their own inner devils. Ruled by a coven of closeted gay men, Church leadership absolutely hums with suppressed envy at the thought of men living out their lives with the love that each of us deserves to know in this lifetime.
    The greatest shame is for Mr. Zmuda’s students. They have now been taught that he is a lesser human being who, by publicly expressing the most important aspect of who he is, does not deserve to lead them.
    Any parent who continues to send their children to such a school must ponder the lessons their children will learn. Twenty years from now, and probably sooner, they will look to you the way children today look back at those who self-righteously sent their kids to segregated schools in the South. They will be ashamed of you and your parenting.

    • fightforrigh

      I think they will look back and see that they stood for something and that the homosexual behavior will be evermore plagued by disease from using the digestive track for other than its expected use…

  • Guest

    Mr.Z was not asked to resign due to being gay. He was asked to resign because he violated his employment contract. He chose to seek employment with a private Catholic institution and chose to sign a contract upholding church values and knowingly violated it. He is a wonderful administrator and will be a gift at another school.