A parent group at Eastside Catholic School is collecting signatures for a petition they hope to submit to the school’s board of trustees asking that they reinstate Mark Zmuda.
Eastside’s president, Sister Mary Tracy, fired Zmuda in December after officials learned he had married his gay partner in violation of the contract he signed when he started working there.
Amid the public outcry that has ensued, Tracy on Monday submitted her resignation to the board, effective immediately.
Corey Sinser, a 2006 Eastside graduate who has emerged as a spokesman for the protest, said the parent group plans to deliver the petition to board members during a meeting meant to answer parents’ questions. The group is also collecting electronic signatures on the Facebook page, keepmrz2013.
Sinser said a group of Zmuda supporters, including Zmuda himself, are in the process of forming a foundation, Stand with Mr. Z, to address issues of discrimination in the workplace.
“With the recognition we have garnered, it’s irresponsible for us not to use it positively to affect change on issues of sexuality within the Catholic Church and elsewhere,” Sinser said.
The foundation will establish a set of objectives for Eastside Catholic but eventually will take the effort national, using money raised to help address incidents of discrimination when they show up in the workplace.