A Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Seattle has ordered the resignation of a vice principal who married his same-sex partner, according to Seattlepi.com, resulting in protests from students who support same-sex marriage.
Mike Patterson, an attorney for Eastside Catholic High School, said that Mark Zmuda was not fired for being homosexual, according to The Guardian. “The fact that he was gay has nothing to do with this issue,” he said. “It’s the fact that he entered into a same-sex marriage.”
The senior class president created a petition at Change.org, which doesn’t actually call for Zmuda’s reinstatement but calls for the Catholic Church to end its opposition to same-sex marriage. The petition has garnered more than 26,000 signatures.
We, the student body at Eastside Catholic School, have experienced an egregious injustice which was inflicted by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle. Our beloved vice principal, Mr. Zmuda, was terminated by the Archdiocese as a result of his marriage to another man. The student body is outraged that an incredible administrator, coach, and human being was fired solely because of his love and marriage for another human being. We are uniting in order to change the Catholic Church’s opposition of gay marriage. It is time to revisit the policy and act as Jesus would have, loving and supporting every person regardless of their marital status. United, we want this policy changed so that the Catholic Church can achieve its mission of acting with unconditional love in every situation.
Protests on Friday, both inside and outside Eastside Catholic High School as well as in front of the Archdiocese’s headquarters, even drew the city’s Mayor-elect Ed Murray, a self-professed Catholic. He reportedly said the protest “reflects the best Catholic social justice teachings.”
“What it says is that the Church is about social justice and family, and what it teaches is to treat everyone fairly and as if they were Christ,” he reportedly said. “On the issue of family — my brother, my sister, my son, my daughter — the very core Catholic value is to embrace everybody unconditionally.”
He said that while he doesn’t challenge the right of the Church to hold its beliefs, he told The Guardian that he believes “fairness in the workplace is an issue.”
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