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January 9, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Music Coach: Wedding her girlfriend OK by Eastside Catholic

SAMMAMISH — A part-time musical coach at Eastside Catholic School says the school has given her a new contract although she announced recently she is engaged to her same-sex partner. The school recently forced out a vice principal who had married his male partner.

Stephanie Merrow says she met Thursday with the school’s principal, Polly Skinner, who gave her a contract as an independent contractor. Merrow says she was told she is valued and adds that she “got a little raise.” In response to her inquiry, she says she was told her marital status doesn’t matter.

Merrow says she was nervous before the meeting but it was “very warm and welcoming.”

School attorney Mike Patterson didn’t immediately return a call and email for comment.

Merrow is choreographing this year’s spring musical.

Students at Eastside Catholic have led protests recently over the departure of vice principal Mark Zmuda.

The school and Zmuda have disputed the circumstances of his departure, with Zmuda saying he was fired and the school saying he resigned after acknowledging that his marriage violated Catholic teaching and, subsequently, the terms of his contract.

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