Bil Browning

Another Seattle Catholic School Teacher Comes Out

Filed By Bil Browning | January 07, 2014 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Catholic schools, Eastside Catholic School, employment discrimination, Mark Zmuda, Stephanie Merrow

bigstock-paper-block-with-i-love-school-20318198.jpgAs we've previously reported, Seattle Catholic school Vice Principal Mark Zmuda was fired after legally wedding his longterm partner and students at local schools took to the streets in protest. After numerous protests and a ton of media attention, the school gave Zmuda a choice; he could get his job back if he divorced his husband.

Now another Eastside Catholic School teacher is showing solidarity with Zmuda, by coming out on a local radio station and announcing she's engaged.

Stephanie Merrow is a theater and dance teacher who runs workshops with local companies like Cornish College of the Arts and Village Theater. She is currently choreographing her second musical for Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish.
"I will be showing up for work tomorrow with a big rock on my hand that I got from my fiancé, Jenny," she announced during a call-in segment on KIRO Radio.
"I've been battling this," Merrow admitted. "When this happened with Mark, somebody who works at the school called me and said 'I would understand if you want to quit.'"

But Merrow said that isn't an option.

"I love those kids and I don't want to quit. If they want to fire me, they can. But I'm not going to quit on those kids. I adore them. We've already started the work. I wouldn't do that to those kids."

This is the first time Merrow has gone public about her sexuality...

"When the girls ask me (about the ring)... What would I say? I'm not going to lie. That goes against the beliefs that I value. I'm shaking right now thinking about it, in anger and fear and things like that."

Congratulations to Merrow for taking a hard stand against discrimination - especially when she knows there's a good chance she'll lose her job in a bad economy.

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