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Students take fight to Archdiocese over ousted vice principal

SEATTLE — Local Catholic high school students and others demonstrated outside the Archdiocese of Seattle Friday to protest the ouster of the vice principal of Sammamish’s Eastside Catholic School, who was forced to resign after his same-sex marriage.

It wasn’t just students from Eastside Catholic protesting on behalf of former Vice Principal Mark Zmuda, there were also students from several other Catholic schools.

eastside students protestThey stood outside the Archdiocese of Seattle building with signs and chanted, “Love always wins; change the church.”

Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray made a brief appearance to show his support for the students.

“I just want to be in solidarity with the students because the students are the ones who will make a difference,” said Murray, who is also married to a same-sex partner. “We are seeing a generational change being led by young people you see here.”

Friday was Zmuda’s last day at Eastside Catholic. The openly gay administrator was forced out of the school after he got married to his partner. The school said the issue is not that Zmuda is gay but that the Catholic doctrine does not allow gay marriage. Students say the doctrine is outdated and change is inevitable.

“I understand the church policy on gay marriage and I understand they are protected by law, but I feel like, if this is ever going to change, it’s going to be internal pressure that’s going to do it,” Seattle Preparatory School student Cole Fischer said.  Seattle Prep is a private Jesuit school on Seattle’s Capitol Hill.

“I am here to support my daughter. I am just so proud of her and her classmates with what they have done standing up for their teacher,” Eastside Catholic parent Katie Myers said.

On Thursday, the students protested at Eastside Catholic. On Friday they took their fight to the Archdiocese of Seattle, hoping that would get Zmuda his job back. The students are hoping to present a petition to the diocese. In just two days the petition on change.org had already gathered more than 18,000 signatures.

There was no response to our calls as of Friday evening from the diocese. A lawyer representing Eastside Catholic said they respect the right to protest but that there are no plans to rehire Zmuda.

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16 comments

    • ted

      Perverse,….? Really? Where do you come from, to be so angry? We’re you hurt by one? Did ‘one’ steal from you? Jesus dude, relax,…christ…..

      • fightforright

        So sad that the homosexual lifestyle and behavior is pushed on children. Next it will be children as stated by the homosexuals themselves.

  • guest

    it's religion period..adhere or face our wrath!!!….I'm with Thomas Jefferson& Ben Franklin…the said if they could abolish religion they would..knowing they couldn't, they did the next best thing…abolished the right of our constitutional government to recognize ANY religion…this is why..you cannot have equality without free religion or another way to put it with no religion at all….no religion & free religion are choices, just like everthing else in life..my choice, not yours…his choice, not yours..the church doesn't give those freedoms..that's why it's becoming less & less important in our quickly evolving society/culture/nation..good riddance to an insult to intelligent,critical thinking

  • cwl

    Hey Mayor! Try spending more time fixing the City!!! Instead of pushing this part of you down peoples throats!! Hey students why don't you study more so you won't have to depend on obama stamps!! Gay rights? How about straight rights?

    • GUEST

      HEY FASCIST PIG!! CREATE JOBS!! PEOPLES RIGHTS!!!! SOCIAL JUSTICE!! A BETTER EDUCATION/UNDERSTANDING FOR CWL & THE REST OF HIS CROWD!!!! STRAIGHT RIGHTS?!?!
      SURE, THAT'S FAIR!!! OBAMA STAMPS?!?! SORRY CWL, THOSE DO NOT EXIST SO I CAN'T AGREE WITH THAT!!! WOW, LOTSA COMPLAINTS, NO ANSWERS…AN EDUCATION FOR CWL!!!!
      YEAAHHHHH!,,,YA SEE CWL?..EVEN THE GAYS ARE CHEERING FOR YOUR EDUCATION!!!
      OH LOOK!! THE POTHEADS TOO!!! (AND THE CROWD GOES WILD!!!)

    • fightforright

      Parents whose children are in public schools he is heading to your school to teach his perverse lifestyle.. Sad when wrong becomes right and right is wrong….

  • guest1

    Why do people like CWL always use phrases like "pushing it down our throats?" Sure tells a lot about their secret desires and fears. And what exactly are "straight rights?" Are those like white rights? Do you think white people should be able to fire black people because they're black and they don't want that blackness shoved down their throats? These kids are smart and they care about making a better world. Good for them.

    • fightforright

      Guess you are part of the sexual deviant crowd. Sorry but this is how all civilizations start to fail. No morals. This country didn't get to where it is by using the anus for pleasure. AIDs is from using the anus for something other than its intended purpose.

  • John Fuller

    Well, this just shows just how sick the doctrine is that Catholics teach the younger generations that don't understand that they are being financed by an elite group of pedophiles that pose as priests.