Gay Marriage Proponents, Detractors Both Call For Gallaudet Officer's Reinstatement
By: Markette Smith
October 19, 2012
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The scandal surrounding a Gallaudet University diversity officer's signing of a petition continues to divide the community.
The controversial decision to suspend Gallaudet University's chief diversity officer after she signed a petition to bring Maryland's gay marriage amendment to a statewide referendum has taken an unusual turn.
Conservative groups like the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage spoke out in support of McCaskill. They want her fully reinstated because, according to videos released by both groups, a person's view on an issue should not affect their job.
Ironically, gay marriage proponents feel the same way.
"We've said all along that the professor should get her job back and be reinstated, but our focus in the next couple of weeks, as we head into election day, is Question 6 and what it's all about, and it's about fairness and equality," says Kevin Nix, with Marylanders for Marriage Equality. "Religious freedom is protected."
A statement from Gallaudet President T. Alan Hurwitz says that because of her position as a diversity officer, people were concerned and confused by her action, in signing the petition. He wants those concerns addressed in order for McCaskill to return to her position.
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