John M. Becker

Fired Gay Catholic School Admin Suing For Discrimination

Filed By John M. Becker | March 07, 2014 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Catholic Church, Catholic school, employment discrimination, gay marriage, Mark Zmuda, marriage equality, pro-equality Catholics, pro-LGBT Catholics, same-sex marriage, Washington, wrongful termination

mark-zmuda-gay-catholic-teacher.jpgRemember Mark Zmuda, the former vice principal of Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish, Washington who was dismissed from his job in December after administrators discovered that he married a man?

He's decided to sue the school and the Archdiocese of Seattle for discrimination and wrongful termination. KING 5 reports:

According to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by KING 5, in January 2013, then school president Sister Mary Tracy asked Zmuda if he was gay. When he said "yes," Tracy asked him not to bring his same-sex partner to any school related events. Zmuda agreed.

In July 2013, Zmuda married his long time partner. In November, the lawsuit states school administrators asked Zmuda if he was gay. When he confirmed, Tracy told him the school would pay for a "commitment ceremony" if Zmuda got a divorce. When Zmuda refused to get a divorce, he was fired.

Eastside Catholic School sent a letter to Eastside Catholic community members confirming the lawsuit will be filed on Friday.

School and archdiocesan attorneys have already drafted a motion for dismissal, citing state law protecting religious schools from claims in civil court.

His lawsuit may not go very far, but I wish Mr. Zmuda luck nonetheless.

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