By Melanie Nathan, January 06, 2014.
Students walked out of Eastside Catholic and several Seattle-area Catholic schools following the firing of Vice Principal Mark Zmuda in December. Zmuda was forced out after marrying his male partner, an act the administration claimed violated church teachings. The students in the school showed support for “Mr. Z” with rallies at the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle, and now they are planning a nation-wide “Z-Day,” asking people around the country to wear orange, on Jan. 31 to show solidarity with the fired vice principle.
Now there is the potential for yet another firing as a teacher comes out on a radio show, noting she has a same-sex fiance:
As she told The Ron and Don Show on Monday, Merrow is also gay, and planning a wedding with her partner of five years: “I will be showing up for work tomorrow with a big rock on my hand that I got from my fiancé, Jenny,” she announced during a call-in segment on KIRO Radio.
“I’m not Catholic, I told them I wasn’t Catholic. But it didn’t say anything about being gay.”
Merrow said she was unsure if Eastside Catholic will decide to fire her because of her upcoming marriage to Jenny Frazier, who is the Facilities Director at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
“It would be a blow. It would hurt.”
She became emotional when talking about the Eastside Catholic students who chose to take a stand.
“I’m completely choked up. Those kids are just so wonderful. This generation just absolutely warms my heart…The fact that they’re making a huge statement and trying to make history just makes me so proud,” she explained.
“This is exactly why I didn’t (quit).”
While acknowledging some of her students do not agree with gay marriage, Merrow said she supports their right to disagree.
“I still love them. I couldn’t be more proud of those kids.”
STUDENTS PROTEST FOR MR. Z