Change the Roman Catholic Church's stance on gay marriage.
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USCCB Media Relations
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Archdiocese of Seattle
Archdiocese of Seattle

Change the Roman Catholic Church's stance on gay marriage.

    1. Bradley Strode
    2. Petition by

      Bradley Strode

      Newcastle, WA

In December 2013, the students at Eastside Catholic School in Seattle experienced an egregious injustice when our beloved vice principal, Mark Zmuda, was forced to resign because of his marriage to another man.

When administrators learned that Mr. Z had married his partner over the summer, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle insisted that he step down. As vice principal and the high school's swim coach, Mr. Z was well liked and widely respected by students and our community. I'm the senior class president and I can say that the student body is outraged that an incredible administrator, coach, and human being was fired solely because of his love and marriage for another human being.

When we heard the news, we started off with a sit-in at our school to support Mr. Z, but we know much more will be required for Catholic schools like ours to keep talented educators at our schools. We've heard of other teachers across the country who have also been forced out for similar reasons and we know it will take a national campaign to save our teachers.

We are uniting in order to change the Catholic Church’s opposition of gay marriage. We've been encouraged by recent statements on these issues made by Pope Francis and we feel it's time to revisit the policy and act as Jesus would have -- loving and supporting every person regardless of their marital status. United, we want to end the policy that takes away passionate and talented educators from Catholic schools so that the Catholic Church can achieve its mission of acting with unconditional love in every situation.

Please join me in asking the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to revisit its policies and help us keep Mr. Z and other teachers across the country.

To:
USCCB Media Relations
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Archdiocese of Seattle
Archdiocese of Seattle
Change the Roman Catholic Church's stance on gay marriage.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 50,000 signatures
    2. Our Goal

      Bradley Strode
      Petition Organizer

      This is not an Anti-Catholic Church movement or a Gay Rights movement. Our true goal is to change the way the Church approaches gay marriage. We must do so with positive attitudes, comments and collaboration with the Holy Catholic Church.

    3. Reached 25,000 signatures
    4. Going National

      Bradley Strode
      Petition Organizer

      Our cause has reached millions, being picked up by hundreds of media stations and journals including the New York Times, the Associated Press, and ABC News. However, we can't let this be a couple day social media frenzy. We are working towards ways to advance our cause for after the Christmas season and must keep the momentum on this petition rolling in order to help us work with the Catholic Church towards a solution. Thank you for your support!

    5. Reached 20,000 signatures
    6. Working for Change

      Bradley Strode
      Petition Organizer

      The students at Eastside Catholic High School staged a successful sit in today to educate, spread awareness, and take a stand on the Catholic Church's gay marriage policy. We garnered the support of almost all of the other Catholic schools in the Seattle area who held a similar sit in. Our goal, however, is not to make this a one day event. We intend to come up with a plan to present our complaints as a Catholic community and beyond to the Catholic Church. The beauty of being a Catholic is that we are allowed to disagree and engage in discussion with our Church. This is our right. We are taking it. Help us get there.

    7. Reached 3,000 signatures

    Supporters

    @jessetyler

    Jan 31, 2014

    I love these high school students in Seattle who are standing up for their gay vice principal:http://t.co/fiwH2bn27f #KeepMrZ2013

    Jesse Tyler Ferguson
    812k followers

    @SusanSarandon

    Jan 29, 2014

    Help Eastside Catholic #KeepMrZ2013! Join their campaign to save their vice principal fired for marrying his partner http://t.co/vk1iZaGIML

    Susan Sarandon
    99.3k followers

    @OurNameIsFun

    Dec 21, 2013

    join us in supporting high school students in seattle who are standing up for their gay vice principal: http://t.co/S7pCnl9aCj #KeepMrZ2013

    FUN.
    647k followers

    Reasons for signing

    • Anthony Likens FERNLEY, NV
      • 2 days ago

      Its unethical to keep such out dated beliefs in this world. Its time for people to pull their head out and put their big boy pants on. Equality is what we preach as society, so if the church wants to keep up, they will need to rethink their beliefs.

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    • Jon Doe MARIETTA, GA
      • 8 days ago

      I am catholic, i love my religion and my relationship with God, and my partner and I would like to one day feel at peace about getting married

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    • Jacob Clark IMLAY CITY, MI
      • 24 days ago

      because

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    • Misty Tripoli NEWTON, NJ
      • 26 days ago

      This is why I'm ashamed to be catholic! We are all Gods children, God doesn't make mistakes! If someone is gay,then it is Gods will.

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    • Elizabeth Barnes NEWBURY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      love is love, and shouldn't be criticized or penalized. Would Jesus have turned around to a happy, loving and devoted gay couple and told them they were wrong and it's a sin. I very much doubt that. Act more like the guy you worship.

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