WA Principal Fired By Catholic School Hired By Another, Non-Homophobic School District

Mark ZmudaBy all accounts, Mark Zmuda was a great vice-principal at Eastside Catholic High School outside of Seattle, beloved by students and parents. So, of course, the school fired him when it found out that he had married his partner, although it kindly offered to let him stay if he got a divorce. Now Zmuda has found a new job in what promises to be a more congenial environment, as vice principal at a public high school on nearby Mercer Island.

Zmuda was chosen from more than 60 applicants for the position. Mercer Island Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano said that “Mark impressed me with his knowledge of best-instructional practices, his integrity and work ethic and his commitment to the success of all students.” 

Eastside Catholic’s loss is Mercer Island’s gain, but the school may have more losses in store. Zmuda has filed a lawsuit for wrongful termination against the school and its puppet master, the Archdiocese of Seattle.


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  • Dakotahgeo

    Ahhh yes… there is a God of Justice, but God has really shitty henchmen in charge of the Catholic hierarchy. Good on Zmuda and his new school position!

  • Mezaien

    Marke, man if you read Dakotahgeo, you would have think he is gay!, but the true is that he is another [email protected]*^%$ F*@$% Christian, and not to be trusted.

  • Dakotahgeo

    @Mezaien: My dear Sweetcheeks, Mezaien, from the spelling and grammatical errors in your comment, I think anybody could safely presume that you might have more than mental/emotional problems to deal with. As a devout gay Christian, I will be praying constantly for you… and there’s not a thing you can do about that. May God bless you richly. Peace, love, and joy be to you! Pastor Dak!

    PS: Just WHERE DID you get your educational training? Or is that a State “secret”?

  • tdx3fan

    In other news… damn there are some really hot principals in WA.

  • DickieJohnson

    Hooray, for Mark Zmuda!!! I pray he will be very happy in the new job. The Divine does great work!
    @Dakotahgeo: Pastor Dak, youre nuch nicer than I’ve been to M, but now, I wish him Godspeed to another blog, where his “opinions” might be better appreciated! :-)

  • Aromaeus

    If he was my vice-principal when I was in high school I would’ve been in his office and on his desk everyday ;)

  • Billy Budd

    I hope he gets the maximum amount of money from the church with his law suit. They have to pay for their sins. With cash, not with prayer.

  • gaym50ish

    The really outrageous part of the story is that the school offered to retain him if he would divorce his husband. Apparently they didn’t care if he was gay, but didn’t want him to be monogamous.

  • lcandela123

    I really don’t get the part about asking him to get a divorce to keep his job. I am Catholic, and I don’t recall that we can get divorces. The best we can do is get an annulment from the pope or bishop. But, but, but, if the pope or bishop grants an annulment, then they have acknowledged the legitimacy of the marriage in the first place. Which they don’t. So how can they annul it? I realize that religious people have to do cognitive gymnastics every day to reconcile the real world with their spectral fantasy of reality, but this is really too much.

    Anyway, glad Mr Z. is coming out on top on this.

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