Religion survey shows shifting attitudes toward gays

Not a lot of surprises here, but it gives a compelling snapshot of the times in which we live. From the Public Religion Research Institute:   In the decade since Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, Americans’ support for allowing gay and lesbian people to legally wed has jumped 21 percentage points, [Read More...]

Great moments in broadcasting: mom’s hate-filled RSVP was a hoax

This story got a lot of attention on social media earlier in the week. The image above, and the shock and outrage it inspired, cropped up again and again on my Facebook feed a few days ago. Well, what do you know? Turns out it wasn’t true:  The alleged homophobic note sent by a mother in [Read More...]

Gay man files discrimination complaint against Catholic school for refusing to hire him

From The Boston Globe: Matthew Barrett thought he had found his dream job. He had worked in the food industry for more than two decades, and when he was offered a job in July as food services director at Fontbonne Academy, a Roman Catholic-based girls’ prep school in Milton, he quickly accepted. But Barrett, 43, [Read More...]

UPDATE: President of Seattle Catholic high school resigns after gay marriage controversy

Details: The president of a suburban Seattle Catholic school has resigned in the turmoil following the school’s decision to force out a vice principal who married his same-sex partner. Eastside Catholic School trustees have accepted Sister Mary Tracy’s resignation, effective immediately. In an email sent to parents, staff and others Tuesday evening, trustees said it [Read More...]

Seattle Catholic school offers gay drama coach new contract

Here’s an interesting followup to the story that was sparking protests—but it appears this employee’s status and terms of employment are very different. Details: The Eastside Catholic drama coach who feared for her job after coming out as gay on The Ron and Don Show now says she is being embraced by the school’s administration [Read More...]

Seattle students plan “Z-Day” protest—UPDATED

Details:  Students from Eastside Catholic High School and other Catholic secondary schools  delivered a message outside the Archdiocese of Seattle on Saturday afternoon:  We are not going away, and we are taking our protest to a new level. “We care too much about Mr. Zmuda to let this go,” said Ian Edwards, a senior at [Read More...]

Seattle students continue protests over fired gay teacher

Seattle, you have a problem. Details: Former Eastside Catholic Vice-Principal and Coach Mark Zmuda is now affectionately known as “Mr. Z”.  Mark Zmuda was fired last week for marrying his partner this summer which has touched off a lightning rod situation of equality vs. church doctrine.  Students of East Catholic have rallied for Zmuda’s  return with sit [Read More...]

Parents, alumni demand gay vice principal be reinstated at Catholic high school

The story from last week is taking on a life of its own. Details from ABC News:  Alumni, students and parents from a Seattle Catholic school are fighting to have a revered vice principal reinstated, after school officials discovered his marriage to another man. Supporters of Mark Zmuda vowed to pull funds from Eastside Catholic [Read More...]

Seattle Catholic students protest departure of gay teacher

Details:  When Eastside Catholic High School ended the employment of its vice principal for marrying his same-sex partner, it joined a growing list of Catholic institutions that have fired gay employees for marrying, announcing wedding plans or advocating too enthusiastically for gay marriage. The terminations — more than 15 across the country in the last [Read More...]

Gay teacher fired from Philadelphia Catholic school after applying for marriage license

Details:  A gay teacher at a suburban Philadelphia Catholic high school was fired Friday after he applied for a New Jersey marriage license. Michael Griffin was fired from Holy Ghost Preparatory School after administrators said his obtaining a license to marry his same-sex partner was a violation of his contract. Father James McCloskey, the school’s [Read More...]