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Catholic school says it won’t rehire gay administrator who married partner

Friday, January 24, 2014

SEATTLE — A Catholic school in a Seattle suburb says it won’t rehire gay Vice-Principal Mark Zmuda, who was forced out in December after his same-sex marriage.

Mark Zmuda

Mark Zmuda

Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, Wash., issued a statement after a meeting Thursday night with parents that said Zmuda was aware of Catholic doctrine and that he was not in full compliance with his employment agreement.

KIRO Radio reports the school also said it will remain a Catholic school and support the teachings of the Catholic Church.

“When Mr. Zmuda married his same-sex partner, the school administration was left with no acceptable alternative that would allow him to remain eligible for employment at Eastside Catholic School,” the school said in a letter to parents.

Earlier in the week, the school’s president, Sister Mary Tracy, resigned after student protests and petitions with tens of thousands of names asking for Zmuda to be reinstated.

Zmuda claimed that Sister Mary Tracy had suggested that he could get a divorce and keep his job.

“The recent personnel decision by the board and administrators of Eastside Catholic regarding Mr. Zmuda was made after a great deal of prayer and consultation,”

Catholic Archbishop J. Peter Sartain said ealier this month that the decision to terminate Zmuda “was made after a great deal of prayer and consultation,”

The private school has about 900 mostly high-school-age students.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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  1. they better fire everyone else then, because nobody is without sin, and by their logic, none of them are fit to teach

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:41pm
  2. are you sane, or were you mistreated as a child?

    Replied on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:00am
  3. i'm sorry? quite sane, and no i wasn't, thank you. but that's the reasoning, right? gays can't teach because they are sinful and immoral? but nobody in the world is without sin, and the bible says all sins are equal, so nobody should be able to teach using their faulty reasoning. clear that up for you?

    Replied on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:06am
  4. looks like Rumal was mistreated from his priest

    Replied on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:27am
  5. What can you expect from a muslim guy also a closed minded mormon? Rumal, go and find a work instead of talking crap.

    Replied on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 4:01pm
  6. Of course, they will not rehire him!! The bigotry and hatred of the RCC is very clear in its dogma. You have to understand the fear of the right-wing RCC and their pedophilic priests and male homosexuals. Homosexuals do not tolerate, and will not tolerate, pedophiles in their midst. They would report them, without question!! This places the protection of the RCC for their priests open to question!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:42pm
  7. Wow that’s discriminating

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:42pm
  8. This sucks.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:42pm
  9. Lawsuit!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:43pm
  10. A lawsuit won't work, because he had to adhere to the school's religious policies dictated in his contract.

    Replied on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:52pm
  11. Sue the bastards

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:44pm
  12. But pedophiles are welcome, and protected!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:44pm
  13. Sue!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:45pm
  14. Homophobic Bitch!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:45pm
  15. What? This is so wrong on so many levels!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:45pm
  16. I also lost a job because I am gay. I was harassed by a male co-worker and instead of taking any action, they fired me

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:47pm
  17. Wishy washy Catholics and their bigoted love of mankind.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:47pm
  18. Shits wack yo

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:48pm
  19. They are gluttons for punishment.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:48pm
  20. Hmmm about those pedophiles…. that’s cool because we already know this anti gay bullshit is a distraction from the REAL problem.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:48pm
  21. what a loss for the catholic school,and one for love

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:49pm
  22. everyone knows how the catholics are. they will never freaking change. Its like going to hell and asking the devil for ice cubes. Just move on elsewhere where you are wanted.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:50pm
  23. This comes as no surprise. The vast majority of organized religions are nothing but shelters for hateful bigots.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:50pm
  24. Duh!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:51pm
  25. DISCRIMINATION

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:52pm
  26. So much for forgive ? What a bunch of lunatics and bigoted hypocrites!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:53pm
  27. An absolute disgrace!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:55pm
  28. It’s funny that anyone who was gay and not a priest or a nun would even con wider working there. Who ever would and would get mad about it should look in the mirror because the idiot in the mirror is to blame.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:56pm
  29. I hope they have parents pulling their children out of the school. It isn’t the christian values I would want my child to be taught.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:59pm
  30. i believe i caught a story a few days ago that mentioned many of the students walked out in protest...at least it's good to know that the newer generation is more open minded

    Replied on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:11am
  31. Cant he sue them? Just like Ms. Garrison? xD

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:59pm
  32. if it was Illinois, he could get them for discrimination

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:59pm
  33. one of the few things that is amazing about our state

    Replied on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:21pm
  34. I hate that religion the most

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:00pm
  35. But they will hide and shuffle around their pedophile priests…

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:00pm
  36. Go after the admin members that did this. After their vehicles, homes and persons are vandalized, they’ll realize what it’s like after your livelihood is destroyed. Hopefully most won’t make it out of the ER. Lynch the Catholics!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:00pm
  37. Well it is a religion so thats to be expected.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:01pm
  38. 1. I thought the church did not believe in divorce. 2. All the children should Lane that school and go to another school.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:02pm
  39. I would pull my kids out

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:02pm
  40. I HOPE THEY DIE AND BURN IN HELL HOW ARE PEOPLE SUPPOSED TO MAKE A LIVING THEIR NOT CHRISTIAN THEYRE ANTI CHRISTS REMEMBER MAGDALENA LOSERS

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:04pm
  41. So… let me get this straight (no pun intended! :) ) he was gay all along, and he worked there, presumably did not come on to any boys… but the fact that he had an ADULT gay spouse made him unsuitable? Bigots is too mild a term for these slavering monsters!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:05pm
  42. tax them they arent above the law they are institutions too

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:08pm
  43. They fire a gay person yet their priests can diddle little boys and thats okay hypocrites

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:15pm
  44. so they were okay with him being gay…. but not gay married?

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:15pm
  45. All the religions should be taxed.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:15pm
  46. Best teachers I ever had were gay just saying

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:16pm
  47. Not a very CHRISTIAN thing to do!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:16pm
  48. A S S H O L E.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:17pm
  49. assholes

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:20pm
  50. Right, because God is against love.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:25pm
  51. Tax churches

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:26pm
  52. Their loss.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:29pm
  53. Eff the R. C. Church. The whole fucking church should go to hell.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:29pm
  54. So much for allowing Jesus into their school.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:29pm
  55. have sex before marriage, 20 hail mary’s and all is good, have sex with a child, we’ll move you to another church, live a hedonistic lifestyle, another 20 hail mary’s and all is forgiven, but fall in love with someone of the same gender and I’m sorry, but that is unforgivable and we don’t want to see or know you exist.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:30pm
  56. Their loss…go onto a school that will appreciate all that you have to offer….

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:32pm
  57. pathetic.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:35pm
  58. Sue the bastard!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:37pm
  59. OH MY GOD. The guy in the photo….like my comment if you know what I mean…..ohhhh…

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:39pm
  60. What would the Pope do?

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:42pm
  61. or jesus, for that matter? where are all the WWJD bracelets now?

    Replied on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:13am
  62. What the hell does that mean? After much prayer…did God personally give them an answer? Such bullshit. Prayer has nothing to do with it. You just stuck with doctrines of bigots and hypocrites.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:42pm
  63. Why does he care to work for the Nutbars?

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:46pm
  64. Parishioners should register their disapproval with their feet and not go to that parish for a few weeks!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:52pm
  65. that sucks and he is cute

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:02am
  66. Biggots, but they with happy have sex with kids themselves sick fuckers just like all Catholics

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:04am
  67. Why do we not go back to their roots pagan, Jesus was just a man

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:05am
  68. great school!!!! st anti Christ and the holy grail

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:06am
  69. Lame

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:07am
  70. Their loss…I am sure this man is a wonderful educator…I smell a major lawsuit

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:09am
  71. and this sends a positive message to students about accepting others and diversity… how?!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:09am
  72. and this is why I left the Catholic Church – they don’t support me so I won’t support them. I was still able to get married in a Cathedral, St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, Buffalo

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:10am
  73. he’s suffered enough working with catholics… blecch

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:11am
  74. he should sue. SOME lawyer will take the case,…in these times.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:12am
  75. Well I know of two families that are considering pulling their sons out. I hope many do

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:12am
  76. That’s what you get for working with church schools

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:13am
  77. What?

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:19am
  78. for now, that is their right and, yes, it is open discrimination

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:28am
  79. Thankfully the school is sticking to it’s principles of the Church.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:33am
  80. Odd that he is fired, but the recently married lesbian music teacher is still at this school. Double standards seem to be applied here – which is not cool for anyone!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:33am
  81. It was ok when he was a single gay, but not ok when he’s a married gay.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:40am
  82. I sure hope he sues their ass!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:42am
  83. Why would he want to associate with catholics? Mindless sycophants…

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:42am
  84. Since the Catholic “Church” is a political organization that runs businesses, makes millions of dollars, discriminates, and has allegations of shielding pedophile priests and of financial corruption, they should lose their tax-exempt status and be labeled a hate group.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:44am
  85. *smh*

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:45am
  86. Does it say something in the bible about not letting gays who are married work for you? Or buy cakes from you? Does it say that it’s ok to deny people their lives because you’re unhappy about it? I don’t get it.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:53am
  87. Who would want to work for the fucking catholics anyway? I am sure he is very capable and can get a very good job else where. Let them hire idiots and see how good their schools become.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:56am
  88. Ironic, they don’t fire the abusers, they just transfer them to do it in another parish.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:01am
  89. Asshole

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:03am
  90. Shame on them

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:05am
  91. Religion sucks and catholicism sucks more then the rest. Some nun said they would take him back if he got a divorce. If I remember correctly divorce is a sin according to their little bible. What a bunch of fools.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:21am
  92. Does he really want to work for them? I wouldn’t but I would make sure I would get enough money out of the close minded bastards that I would not have to work again.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:24am
  93. Maybe the pope can weigh in on their decision and shame them to hire him back.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:29am
  94. David May can’t you and Dotti do something!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:32am
  95. The Catholic school system is the shits and.very narrow minded. Don’t agree with that at all.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:44am
  96. Fuck that school.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:50am
  97. Well, shucks! Maybe they will get lucky and hire some pedophile priest for the position. That will be quickly hushed up and the priest just get reassigned somewhere else.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:51am
  98. File a discrimination lawsuit ..

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:58am
  99. I LOVE the part where they say they will continue to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church, but then goes on to say that the head of the school suggested he get a divorce to keep his job…. Hahahaha hypocrisy at it’s finest

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:58am
  100. wow, the Catholics, did something right!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:01am
  101. He signed a contract! He knew this was a risk and he choose to sign a contract there anyways. I as a lesbian, would not work anywhere that required me to sign anything stating my sexual orientation could lead to me losing a job.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:02am
  102. So, isn’t it about time taxes are paid by this school/church? I think sister Mary Tracy needs to attend human resources training more than bible study. These organizations must not be allowed certain exemptions from laws the rest of us follow.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:18am
  103. common did you really expect the catholic church to tolerate that?and y do the have to?

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:22am
  104. Don’t blame Zmuda or any of the other Catholic educators who have been fired recently! Stating that they should have known better and what could they expect is cold. Also, everyone needs to have a job in order to have food and shelter. I should know as I worked in a Catholic school for many years. They do have a lot to offer but I left over this issue and the low pay. Don’t blame the victims!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:22am
  105. Fuck the Catholic Church

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:23am
  106. it is not discriminating.If something goes against their doctrine they will reject it….everyone has rights not just gays.Surprize !!yes even the catholic church has the right to stand up for what they believe in.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:24am
  107. Burn them out then.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:25am
  108. It’s deeply discriminating and he should quit his membership in this pitful “club”!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:43am
  109. #Shame!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:49am
  110. Bigots be bigots.
    Blame the mythology sky daddy,
    however, it IS People being bigots.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:00am
  111. BUT THE WILL PUT A MOLESTER (PRIEST) BACK IN THE CHURCH

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:03am
  112. Sad – Sad indeed. Discrimination is alive in the catholic church. Jesus was not a man of exclusion.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:09am
  113. Wow, I am rather shocked, too bad the congregation won’t stand behind this man, If the adults started protesting with their kids then, you’d see some changes! It’s a grown man marrying the person of his dreams.
    Not sneaking around seducing little boys like hundreds of CATHOLIC PRIESTS DID!!! This man has been treated unfairly and I hope he is at least sent away with a nice tidy sum.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:14am
  114. I think people should stand up and don't let that happen!

    Replied on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:59am
  115. Their loss no his I am sure someone with hire him for his skills not for who he Loves

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:29am
  116. Fuck him & his highly arched eyebrows.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:42am
  117. you need a life so you wont keep spreading your hate and misery around

    Replied on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:48am
  118. He’s was probably too good of a teacher for them.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:43am
  119. Oh wow. Is that the administrator or the board member?

    I said that towards who isn’t rehiring lol.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:50am
  120. Regardless of “signing a contract”, when people of “faith” hide behind their “beliefs” to breed hate, they become discriminatory. It’s certainly not all Catholics, Christians, ect.. It’s individual people who think they are above it all and hide behind their “interpretation” of their religion. There is NO extreme religion that oversees all. If people practiced love and acceptance minus the judgement, life may not be so complicated.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:55am
  121. YOU FUCKING TWATS

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:59am
  122. hostie de niaiseux…google translate who people not understand

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 4:30am
  123. I hate this group. Two faced bimbos. Chicago.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 4:46am
  124. good Christian Bigots at it again,, WHAT WOULD THE POPE SAY ?????

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 4:54am
  125. Shame on them………………………..

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 5:05am
  126. Now there’s a shock!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 5:17am
  127. I love how “christians” can zero in on Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, but totally ignore Leviticus 11:7-12, Leviticus 19:18-19, Leviticus 19:26-28, and Leviticus 25:44-46, reasoning they’re “Old Testament” and therefore don’t apply.

    Really? What do you think Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 are?

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 5:20am
  128. what a cunt. fucking asshole

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:14am
  129. Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:27am
  130. Boo! Totally. Not funny at all.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:34am
  131. Shame on them

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:57am
  132. Totally discrimination… This is so against the law!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7:17am
  133. This is bull shit!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7:32am
  134. Bigots…they are disgusting….close the church!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7:36am
  135. Very mean. F xxxxx

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 8:03am
  136. Would they take him back if he’d been a divorced wife beating drunk ?

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 8:22am
  137. Hey, Catholics! What the fuck happened with all of the – “don’t judge” passages from the bible??????? Assholes!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 8:24am
  138. BOOBS!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:07am
  139. they should shut the school down!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:58am
  140. Church full of perverts doing crimes agsist children but they are normal because. They are hiding in the cliset

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:49am
  141. So sad..

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:50am
  142. Fuck em…fuck em ALL

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:03am
  143. Why? Because “oonga boonga Jesus Christ boonga!” That’s Latin for “We are primitively superstitious!”

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:16am
  144. Priests are too God damn busy fucking little boys. The fucking Catholic church should be closed down & all their assets taken & distributed among the children the priests fucked.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:44am
  145. The Catholic Church has utterly lost its moral compass. Accordingly, they should lose tax exempt status as well. Little boy donging=good, marriage between people who love each other = bad? WTF?

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:43pm
  146. Yep another D Bag

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:28pm
  147. I’m going to run for office to help us. Who’s behind me.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:39pm
  148. Jeremiah, you are so correct in what you said!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:04pm
  149. Then clean out the whole administration.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:18pm
  150. shame on them

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:18pm
  151. Shame on Them

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:26pm
  152. Pope Francis recently said the church should be more accepting of gay who are good people in loving committed relationships. Leviticus 18 referred to a more violent and non-consentual form of sex, as did the other 8 verses, which referred to rape not limited to homosexual sex.

    The Pope needs to take a clearer stand in favor of committed gay couples.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:29pm
  153. New Pope, same old jerks in charge of local decisions. To bad the new Pope isn’t in charge after all.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:41pm
  154. This looks like a job for, Da da da!………… THE POPE!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:59pm
  155. Jesus would never do this.
    Shame in them.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:09pm
  156. Time for a mass walkout by the students.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:17pm
  157. What a great example of Christian understanding…

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:18pm
  158. der

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:33pm
  159. Perhaps it is time to find out if some members of that administration are having some secret affairs!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:35pm
  160. let’s face it. everyone’s a little gay and someone is pissed this hottie wasn’t theirs

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:41pm