A suburban Seattle Catholic school vice principal who was fired in December for violating religious doctrine by marrying his same-sex partner, on Friday sued the school and the Archdiocese of Seattle for wrongful dismissal.
Mark Zmuda, who was also a swim coach at Eastside Catholic School, said he took the job after reading a school policy, since removed from its website, that it does not discriminate on the basis of an employee’s sexual orientation or marital status.
His ouster, which led to student protests followed by the school president’s resignation, is an example of tension between the increasing number of Americans who support same-sex marriage and religiously affiliated employers who view it as immoral.
“I was told I could either divorce or be fired,” Zmuda told reporters at his lawyer’s Seattle office. “How could anyone ask anyone else to make that kind of choice?”