Gay educator says marriage prompted firing

AP News
Posted: Jan 06, 2014 1:13 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — A former Catholic school vice principal says he was fired from the job for marrying his male partner.

Mark Zmuda said in a YouTube video that officials at Eastside Catholic School said he was being terminated because of his recent marriage.

Zmuda also says the head of the school even suggested that he could get a divorce and keep his job. Zmuda says he rejected the idea of getting a divorce.

School attorney Mike Patterson says the vice principal agreed in two December conversations that he was resigning from the job, not being fired. Patterson says the divorce suggestion was a hypothetical idea that was never seriously explored.

Many students at Eastside Catholic have rallied in support of Zmuda and protested his departure.