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Seattle Catholic school: Gay educator won't be rehired after fired for marrying

A president has resigned amid furor over firing of gay educator.
A president has resigned amid furor over firing of gay educator.

A Seattle-area Catholic school has already said that it will not rehire gay Vice Princicpal Mark Zmuda, who was forced out in Dec. 2013, after his same-sex marriage. The Associated Press reported on Jan. 24, 2014, that Sister Mary Tracy, president and CEO of Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, who forced the resignation of Zmuda, has now resigned amid serious anger and backlash.

The school has issued a statement saying that Zmuda will not be rehired as he was aware of Catholic doctrine and he was not in full compliance with his employment agreement.

Eastside Catholic School has said that it will remain as such and support the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Student protests, demonstrations, and petitions with tens of thousands of names asking for the reinstatement of Zmuda came to the school in the past week. This anger and backlash ended with the resignation of Sister Mary Tracy.

Tracy's resignation was submitted on Monday of this week and went into effect immediately.

"Sister Mary came to this decision after much prayer and reflection," the letter said. "For Sister Mary it was a difficult but necessary decision so that a new leader can be brought in to ensure the entire Eastside Catholic community is on a positive path forward."

Zmuda was a very popular teacher and also a swimming coach at the school. He was fired back in Dec. when the school learned he married his gay partner.

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