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Protests Supporting Fired Gay Principal Continue at Catholic High School in Seattle Suburb: VIDEO


Eastside Catholic High School outside of Seattle, which made headlines in December after firing its gay vice principal Mark Zmuda, an action taken after Zmuda married his husband. Zmuda said that the school gave him a choice: he could keep his job if he dissolved his marriage.

ZmudaThere have been several developments since late December. Students are still protesting Zmuda's firing and are planning 'Z Day', a day of protest on January 31 in which they will wear orange in support of the fired vice principal and are asking supporters to do the same on social media.

Also, a board chair involved in the dismissal of Zmuda has resigned, citing a need to "take a break", and Stephanie Merrow, a night freelance drama coach at the school, announced that she was engaged to her girlfriend in a public show of support for Zmuda.

KING5 reports:

The situation with Merrow developed Monday, as she expressed a need to stand in solidarity with students protesting Zmuda's removal.

“I got several really good, long hugs,” Stephanie Merrow said.

She returned to Eastside Catholic High School on Tuesday afternoon where she is a freelance drama coach currently choreographing “Guys and Dolls”.

After watching news coverage of student protests after the termination of Mark Zmuda, she wasn’t sure what to expect.

Watch KING5's report on current conditions at the school, and the students' protest announcement video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Meanwhile, how many divorced people are employed at Catholic schools in defiance of church teaching on divorce? Jesus was so right calling the self-righteous religious types a pack of hypocrites and brood of vipers. They wouldn't know true Christianity if it fell on their head.

    Posted by: Kieran | Jan 8, 2014 8:17:28 PM

  2. He SHOULD have been fired for marrying his husband because his husband isn't ME!

    Posted by: Jonna the Woodswoman | Jan 8, 2014 8:20:24 PM

  3. And he's not ugly, fat, or single otherwise not worthy of our support, can your coverage of such issues contain not just the photo friendly or is this really the demise of free speech but only if you tick the boxes deemed appropriate??? To a viewing audience.

    Posted by: Gordon | Jan 8, 2014 8:26:49 PM

  4. Gordon, I'm not sure what your issue is with his appearance, but I think you are trying to say that the fired teacher's good looks have something to do with the coverage of his termination. Possibly, but that's not why most people are interested in this story. It's compelling enough on its own merits.

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Jan 8, 2014 8:35:51 PM

  5. I'm sure the catholic board's torches and pitchfork brigade will be onto Stephanie soon. :(

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 8, 2014 8:58:07 PM

  6. The student reaction to his firing remains the important part of this story. It is absurd to them that the Catholic hierarchy they never see and which has virtually no connection to their school is sending down (hypocritical) orders to fire a beloved administrator because he got married. They are not willing to accept out-of-touch orders from on high. And they are the future.

    Unless the far-removed, family-less leadership at Catholic schools like this starts facing reality they will lose every generation to come. As married gay couples become more and more commonplace, they will become more and more obsolete to those they're hoping to teach.

    @Gordon: I'm not sure if your comment was put through a translation program, but it makes virtually no sense in English.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 8, 2014 9:02:03 PM

  7. These high schoolers continue to amaze me. To show this much awareness and understanding of discrimination coming from their own faith and to take a stand against it with the explicit goal of changing the church gives me hope that what we're fighting for now will last.

    I'll be wearing orange on Jan 31st in solidarity.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Jan 8, 2014 9:36:57 PM

  8. The protests need to be in front of the Archbishop's residence.

    The protest need to take place every Sunday and in every parish.

    The school did not make this decision ...the bishops force them.

    Posted by: Bob | Jan 8, 2014 11:30:17 PM

  9. The protests need to be in front of the Archbishop's residence.

    The protest need to take place every Sunday and in every parish.

    The school did not make this decision ...the bishops force them.

    Posted by: Bob | Jan 8, 2014 11:30:18 PM

  10. Fine, let him end his marriage to his partner...then he will be free to marry me!

    Posted by: Max | Jan 8, 2014 11:34:37 PM

  11. Keep in mind that these protesting teens are the product of a Catholic school education, and of Catholic families who are willing to pay tuition so that their children can get the benefits of a Catholic school education. There are a lot of great teachings on social justice being communicated to the students in most Catholic schools. However when it comes to issues of sex and sexuality, the Catholic authorities just go bonkers. Oddly enough, a church governed by so many closeted homosexual males gets craziest when the sexual issue is homosexuality.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 9, 2014 2:10:35 PM

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