Church Brings First Amendment Into School Lawsuit

Eastside Catholic School and the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle plan to argue that the lawsuit filed by gay vice principal Mark Zmuda should be dismissed in King County Superior Court because the court does not have jurisdiction to hear the lawsuit without violating the First Amendment. Lawyers for the church will file a motion to dismiss as soon as Zmuda's lawsuit has been filed. His lawyers say they expect to file the discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit on Friday.

The school and the church decided Zmuda couldn't continue in his job after they learned he had married his same-sex partner. They cited an employment agreement Zmuda had signed that said his public behaviors would at all times be consistent with the values and teachings of the Catholic Church. Zmuda's lawsuit will argue he was not a religious employee of the school.

March 7, 2014/AP