What The LGBTQ Movement Could Learn From Seattle Catholic High School Students

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The progressive journal The Nation, has held up the activism of the students or East Side Catholic High School as models for LGBTQ activism…

Eastside Catholic HS

A Student at Eastside Catholic High School Speaks to Fellow Students – (Brandi Kruse/KIRO Radio)

Last December 19, the Seattle archdiocese fired Mark Zmuda, the vice principal of Eastside Catholic High School. His transgression? Enacting his legal, constitutional right to marry his partner, another man.

The archdiocese’s logic in pushing Zmuda out of the school rests on the idea that same-sex marriage violates church teachings, something he as a school administrator is required to uphold. This was something both parties fully understood, claims Mike Patterson—a lawyer for the Archdiocese of Seattle, who held a private, closed-door meeting with Zmuda, where, according to Patterson, “It was just one of those situations where he knew…that he needed to comport with the [teachings] of the church, and his…

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