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Students walk out in protest of ‘forced’ resignation of gay Catholic school official

Thursday, December 19, 2013
KOMO-TV

KOMO-TV

SAMMAMISH, Wash. — Hundreds of students at Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, Wash., walked out Thursday to protest the resignation of a vice principal they say was forced out because he recently married his same-sex partner.

Eastside Catholic attorney and spokesman Mike Patterson told KOMO-TV that Mark Zmuda signed a contract that states he would follow the official teachings of the church, and that same-sex marriage violates that contract.

According to their online blog, Zmuda married Dana Jergens last July — seven months after same-sex marriage became legal in Washington state.

Students, who said they were told the decision to fire Zmuda was made by the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle, protested the resignation by walking out of school on Thursday.

“We’re all here because we love him and we want to feel like we can accept people for who they are here at Eastside, and I think by firing him because he’s gay is not portraying that message,” Eastside Catholic senior Julia Troy said.

The students say it is widely known that Zmuda is gay, and are surprised the school has decided to act now.

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  1. Much impressed. See, straight people aren’t so bad or strange! lol. :)

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:45pm
  2. If given half a chance, most come through with flying colors.

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:56am
  3. Why differentiate some people are good some not so good, does it really matter if we are labelled differently we are all members of the same race :)

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:45pm
  4. :)

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:45pm
  5. Ugh how many times do people need to be told private institutions don’t follow the same rules. It’s great people are doing this, but the school has a right to do so as well. Freedom of religion is still a thing unfortunately.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:47pm
  6. unfortunately? why? would you prefer to see religious choices dictated by government?

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:24am
  7. The only way to make things change is by changing them! Way to go kids!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:47pm
  8. yupp thats the only sure and easiest way ! :D

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 4:14am
  9. remove the funds that will help..

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:35am
  10. thumbs up for these students

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:49pm
  11. Good job Youth, thank you for using your brains….

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:51pm
  12. There is hope for this generation. God Bless these kids

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:51pm
  13. The LGBT community should really sit down with the atheist community.

    See the atheist community know doctrine. They study the bible & they will assure you that this guy for the most part is right. That true Christianity isn’t compatible with homosexuality. It just isn’t. Sorry.

    LGBT are better off learning Christianity from atheist who know so much about it than to try to live in Denial about what the bible days

    LGBT is better off being logical about this & renouncing their Christian faith.

    I support LGBT

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:52pm
  14. WOW If these young people gat it why cant the old close minded bigots get with it!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:52pm
  15. Condone the suspension of someone with anti gay views, condemn a church organization for not accepting gays. Seems like it’s all about the gay communities views and thoughts and nothing else matters? Freedom if speech, and religion is real. Time to accept that.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:53pm
  16. The Bible thumpers need to pay taxes in their churches so they can have their illusive right to FREEDOM of SPEECH. It crosses a line when they are given tax free status and land to build an empire to discriminate and bash anyone that does not follow their interpretation of their BIBLE. A Bible that has a looooooonnnnnng drawn out history of man’s involvement in its translations. Translated a billion and one times by man’s manipulation of the WORD. Go figure? They’ve made it say anything they wanted to in an effort to control the masses. I say pay taxes on the land and collection plates of the churches that want to continue to bash the human race on issues of sexuality. This could pay off our nation’s dept! They can preach their hate…They did on women and they did it on racial issues. Their mentality will eventually die out like the dinosaurs. IN THE MEANTIME. PAY TAXES on the money they’ve collected to SPREAD their HATE from the pulpit.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:53pm
  17. Great Story of support. IMPRESSED!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:54pm
  18. so proud of the students at the school.. Catholic schools teach love for everyone.. except if they happen to be gay.. The kids love the teacher but the school does not.. RIGHT ON KIDS.. STAY WITH IT.. AND MAKE THE CHURCH REALIZE THAT LOVE GOES IN MANY DIRECTIONS

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:54pm
  19. This is beautiful. This is our future.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:54pm
  20. I have friends who are homosexual but I think it is a sin. we do not discuss it. Phil was asked his opinion and has the right to free speech just like you do. If you do not like him do not watch. I did not go to the movie about 2 gay cowboys but did not try to get it banned because I do not agree with it that is freedom of speech’
    The poll taken in Louisiana was 1300 people and it asked about discriminating against homosexuals not if people agree with what they do I know you will not keep this post up because you do not believe in freedom of speech

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:54pm
  21. It seems you like to keep your head in the sand as so many of your brethren do. gay people are never going away, never going back in the closet. If I was your gay friend, I wouldn't be. as far as the gay cowboy movie, my brothers are corn fed straight to the core, and really liked that movie, had nothing but good things to say. I feel sorry for you for living in your own constricting closet.

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:52am
  22. Jerry do not put words into my mouth. I have no problem with the homosexual lifestyle. What you do is your business. I do support the no bulling,no discrimination against anyone because of their lifestyle and most of the things you are fighting for. But why try to force people to only think the way you do. I also do support gay marriage. I do not know what constricting closet you think I live in but it seem that you do not believe in letting someone else have their opinion. I judge a person on their actions and nothing more it is a shame that you can not do the same.

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 2:32pm
  23. “Out of the mouths of babes………..”

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:54pm
  24. Proud of them….keep on walking show those a”"es…wahooo for all of you

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:54pm
  25. Students = Jesus
    Archdiocese = Ciaphas
    They practice Christianity correctly! God Bless those children!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:55pm
  26. It is nobody’s business who you choose to love !!!! Self righteous Assholes !!!!! Good work students !!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:55pm
  27. and the sea of change and acceptance is happening everywhere. Bless these children for standing on the side of love and respect

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:55pm
  28. *day

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:56pm
  29. AWESOME

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:58pm
  30. And this is why I feel that our society can become equal and everyone can respect each other because of the youth. The youth are the ones promoting that we can accept others that are different. What these students did was amazing and I bet their teacher feels happy that his students appreciate him so much. Keep up the good work guys. You are going to make this nation better

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:59pm
  31. Smart Students, Stupid Catholic Leaders filled with PURE and ABSOLUTE HATE.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:01pm
  32. There is hope for this generation.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:01pm
  33. If my daughter walked out of school to protest bigotry, I would take her to Disneyland.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:03pm
  34. this generation sometimes gives me hope

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:04pm
  35. It’s so encouraging to see that this younger generation is smarter than mine.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:07pm
  36. Good for those students! Their generation will be the ones who accomplish much for equality!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:07pm
  37. They should check with Pope Francis because just today he fired an archbishop for speaking out against gay-marriage and abortions.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:09pm
  38. Awesome. I have so much respect for these kids and their parents! Let’s see how well a catholic school does if it doesn’t have any tuition money coming in.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:09pm
  39. thanks people for sticking up for gay marriage

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:14pm
  40. HOPE for new generations:) I’m in awe of this!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:18pm
  41. When is it ever going to end

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:18pm
  42. Sammich??

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:19pm
  43. I am proud of these students!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:21pm
  44. Thank God for the young ones the world will be a better place if we do not destroy it before turning it over

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:26pm
  45. Good for those kids ! I’d protest, too -

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:29pm
  46. The students are smarter than the “powers that be”!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:29pm
  47. yeah, but can they find Afghanistan on a world map? do they know anything about math and science?

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:24am
  48. With the direction public education is going, I am sure these students know how to fill in a bubble on a test! I am glad to see that they are not losing their spirit. Sometimes issues have to be personal before we really take a good hard look at what we believe.

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 4:09am
  49. Good for them!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:30pm
  50. Yay, youth of today!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:31pm
  51. Good for the students!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:34pm
  52. Hope for humanity! Raise hell kids, raise hell!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:36pm
  53. PNW keeping things tolerant!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:38pm
  54. good for them..Respect. and derision for those who have forced his “resignation’.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:44pm
  55. How wonderful for the students!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:47pm
  56. nice job everyone…we appreciate it

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:47pm
  57. What great support. :-)

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:51pm
  58. Way to go stand your ground kids!!’

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:51pm
  59. good for them, stand up against homophobia!!!!!:)

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:52pm
  60. Awesome- only evil can triumph when good people do nothing

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:55pm
  61. The students show way more humanity than the school officials. Good for them.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:01am
  62. absolutely excellent.Be the change you want to see in the world. Stand up for what is right.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:06am
  63. Good!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:16am
  64. Very positive

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:19am
  65. Wow! Can you imagine the great things to come with this generation and Pope Francis?

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:23am
  66. Nice to see. Solidarity!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:23am
  67. i applaud the kids’ willingness to stand for what they believe it, but the school, as a private institution – and a church-based one at that – can fire anyone it wants for any reason. regardless of student opinions, this is a clear breach of contract by the teacher. if he wanted to make those life choices, perhaps he should have gotten a job teaching at a public school where this would not have been an issue.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:28am
  68. im glad that SOME PEOPLE realize that love is love. there is no difference

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:48am
  69. Good!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:50am
  70. So great of the student to support the official….

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:00am
  71. Congrats to New Mexico – didn’t have to go to Mass after all. Wish Florida wasn’t so backward.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:04am
  72. Yes…I stand in solidarity with you!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:09am
  73. Awesome. Thanks for standing up and having your voice heard.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:13am
  74. Great to see the amazing future we all have because of students who understand love is Love!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:17am
  75. I’m behind them all the way.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:32am
  76. I think that school needs to pay attntion to the Pope has been saying about gay people?

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:39am
  77. How refreshing after all the bigoted duck man BS. Perhaps there is hope for us yet.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:40am
  78. This is not right! What He does is his business! As long as He does his Job. Yes the Bible say’s it is wrong, but it’s not our place to hound him . All we are can do is tell them. Then it’s their decision to make!lol

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:40am
  79. Good for them!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 2:05am
  80. well done you people

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 2:08am
  81. One of the only christians I will respect.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 2:09am
  82. :’)

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 3:10am
  83. U go guys!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 3:12am
  84. Maybe they should call Pope Francis and ask him what they should do?

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 3:27am
  85. Kudos, students! If organized religions wish to survive they need to learn from voices like.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 3:56am
  86. wow- this dude has much love behind him!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 4:12am
  87. restore my faith in young people

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 4:27am
  88. Yay students!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 4:37am
  89. Great for the students ! Proud of the students for taking a stand for something they believe in …

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 5:06am
  90. Youth are courageous to stand up and become the change they want to see in the world they inherit….God Bless them ….everyone..!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 5:45am
  91. Love my state…we don’t put up with this crap. Not even the kids. Good on ya gang

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 5:46am
  92. Way to go!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 5:58am
  93. Awesome!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:30am
  94. We’re the future and people are going to have to deal with it.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:38am
  95. Restores my faith in the youth of America.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:28am
  96. Show how backwards America really is & that the religious bigots can do as they please and sack a person because of who they want to marry, so he the fact they knew he was gay they were fine with him teaching these pupil’s, the minute he wants to go get married they sack him
    Nothing like a bigot to quote every line in the bible to make them sound even more narrow minded
    Let’s hope he gets a proper job where he isn’t judged by who he sleeps with by his school

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:16am
  97. Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:30am
  98. There is hope for our youth!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:54am
  99. yes its the teaching all that counts the sexually got nothing to do wit his job he just doing his job and going home that’s what u do and that’s what I do when I go to work do my job and go home and my sexually has nothing to do wit my job !!!! I just do my job and that’s it !!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:32am
  100. good job,,take the money away from the school..

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:34am
  101. Petition the Pope. Pope Frank has our backs.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:27am
  102. Hooray for the kids. A protest of value. Maybe there’s hope for us.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:52pm
  103. Too Cool For School! That’s Awesome!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:07pm
  104. the real generation gap=young people think older people spend too much time on issue that don’t matter

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:27pm
  105. Jenna Dawn from your stomping grounds, not sure if you’ve seen this.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:50pm
  106. Well…isn’t that embarrassing. I love that the students are more christian than their leaders.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:56pm
  107. <3 good job kids.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:59pm
  108. Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 2:37pm