SEATTLE - A former vice principal at a Catholic school said he was fired for marrying his male partner and that the school’s leader suggested he could get a divorce to keep the job.
Mark Zmuda said in a YouTube video posted on Saturday that he did not resign his position, as officials at Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish have reported.
He said he was terminated and the head of the school, Sister Mary Tracy, even suggested that he could get a divorce and keep his job.
"It was a piece of paper, they said, that was the reason that I was being let go," Zmuda said in the video, an interview conducted by one of his former students. He said he was shocked that divorce was an option on the table and rejected the idea.
A message left by The Associated Press at a phone number listed for Zmuda’s husband was not immediately returned. Tracy also didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.
School attorney Mike Patterson recalled having two conversations with Zmuda in December, one in a meeting and one by phone. He said Zmuda confirmed in both conversations that he was resigning from the job, not being fired.