Gay Marriage Flap: D.C. College Reinstates Official
The nation’s leading university for the deaf and hard of hearing has reinstated its chief diversity officer, who was suspended for three months after signing a petition circulated by opponents of gay marriage in Maryland.
Gallaudet University president T. Alan Hurwitz announced the reinstatement of Angela McCaskill in an email Monday to students, faculty and staff. The brief statement didn’t elaborate on the reasons for McCaskill’s reinstatement, and university officials declined further comment.
Gallaudet is home to a prominent gay and lesbian community, and many on campus had said they were concerned that McCaskill was the wrong person to lead an office that promotes diversity.
But people on both sides of the gay marriage debate in Maryland, where McCaskill lives, had said she shouldn’t be punished for exercising her First Amendment rights. The conservative Family Research Council was critical of Gallaudet, saying the university did not tolerate diverse points of view.
McCaskill has said she is not anti-gay. She said she signed the petition at her church after listening to a sermon about marriage, adding that she felt it was important for Maryland voters to decide the issue.
McCaskill was placed on leave in October after administrators became aware that she had signed the petition. On Monday, her attorney did not immediately respond to messages requesting comment.