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March 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM

O’Reilly Auto Parts agrees to extend health benefits to same-sex spouses

O’Reilly Auto Parts has agree to extend health-care benefits to same-sex spouses of its employees in Washington and elsewhere, days after the state attorney general filed a petition to force the national chain to answer questions as part of an ongoing investigation. The new policy is effective April 1. The state launched an investigation into whether the…


Comments | Topics: attorney general, O'Reilly Auto Parts, same-sex marriage

March 17, 2014 at 6:25 PM

State investigates claim that O’Reilly Auto Parts refuses same-sex health benefits

The state attorney general is investigating whether O’Reilly Auto Parts is refusing to provide the same health-care benefits to same-sex spouses of its employees in Washington state that it provides to opposite-sex spouses, in violation of the state’s Consumer Protection Act. The agency filed a petition in King County Superior Court on Monday to enforce “a…


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March 6, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Fired Eastside Catholic vice principal to sue school, archdiocese

Mark Zmuda, the vice principal of Eastside Catholic School, who was fired in December after marrying his same-sex partner, will file a lawsuit Friday against the school and the Archdiocese of Seattle, his attorneys announced in a press release today. Zmuda will discuss the lawsuit’s claims during a news conference in the Seattle offices of his…


Comments | Topics: Eastside Catholic, Mark Zmuda, same-sex marriage

January 22, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Parent group wants Eastside Catholic to reinstate fired vice principal

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…


Comments | More in Education, General news | Topics: Corey Sinser, Eastside Catholic School, Mark Zmuda

January 16, 2014 at 5:48 AM

Thursday Memo: Bertha frustrates … Hawks kicker thrives … Gay employees, church collide

National Weather Service forecast Bertha woes frustrate state; investigators head underground: Surprise! OK, maybe not so much … Seahawks place kicker stuck with it: And aren’t we glad. Steven Hauschka, once a college soccer player, was cut by five NFL teams before landing with the Hawks two seasons back. Those setbacks didn’t put him…


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January 15, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Archdiocese makes first comments on Eastside Catholic firing

The Seattle Archdiocese today made its first public comments about the former Eastside Catholic vice principal who was terminated in December after school officials learned he had married his gay partner. Spokesman Greg Magnoni said the archdiocese would “take into consideration” the nearly 21,000 petition signatures of people from around the world who are asking Seattle…


Comments | Topics: Eastside Catholic School, Roman Catholic Church, same-sex marriage

January 13, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Supporters of fired vice principal to deliver signatures to archbishop

A coalition of Eastside Catholic school students, alumni and area Catholic leaders on Wednesday will deliver nearly 20,000 petition signatures to Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, protesting the dismissal last month of the school’s gay vice principal for marrying his male partner. The school said Mark Zmuda was terminated for violating the teachings of the…


Comments | Topics: Eastside Catholic, employment, Roman Catholic Church

January 5, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Gay vice principal Mark Zmuda said he was fired, offered option of divorce

The vice principal of Eastside Catholic school, who was fired last month after school officials learned he had married his male partner, said in a newly released video that he was told he could keep his job if he got a divorce. Mark Zmuda, 38, a well-liked swim coach and vice principal of Eastside’s middle and…


Comments | Topics: Catrina Crittenden, Eastside Catholic, Mark Zmuda

December 19, 2013 at 11:36 AM

More students protest dismissal of gay vice principal who married partner

Eastside Catholic students chant “Change the church” outside the school Thursday, angry over the departure of a popular vice principal who married his partner. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times) Update: to read full story, go here. Students and faculty at Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish protested this morning after learning their popular vice principal…


Comments | Topics: Catholic church, Eastside Catholic, Homosexuality

November 30, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Saturday Memo: Preparing for rain … Kids and pot stores … Apple Cup wrap-up

Weather: OK, but gray today. High around 50. Likelihood of rain increases as the day goes along, and prepare to be drenched Sunday (you might want to head back from Thanksgiving early?), forecasters say. Here’s the National Weather Service forecast. 90,000 UW Medicine patients told medical info stolen: UW Medicine has sent out letters, starting to notify…


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