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University employee allowed back after marriage controversy


ADELAIDE DARLING

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1/10/2013

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ABSTRACTUniversity employee allowed back after marriage controversy :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) Editors Service About us Donate Spanish Portuguese Follow us: Loading News Headlines Vatican Americas Asia - Pacific US Europe Middle East - Africa Most Read Most Commented Archive Mandate Resources Abortion Advent Apologetics Benedict XVI Bible Cardinals Catechism Catholic Links Catholic Womanhood Church Fathers Holy Week Life & Family Liturgical Calendar Liturgy Mary Politics Prayers Sacraments Saints Virtue Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds CNA TV CNA Audio Columns A Life Worth Living Answering the Tough Questions Bishops' Corner Book Reviews Both Oars In Catholic & Single Catholic Men Guest Columnist Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II In Good Company Indispensable Economics Inside the Church during WWII Led Into the Truth Movie Reviews Preparing the way for the Roman Missal – 3rd Edition The New (& the Old) Evangelization The Spirit of the New Translation The Way of Beauty With Good Reason Your Moment in the Mass Documents Pope Benedict XVI Pope John Paul II Pope Paul VI Pope John XXIII Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XI Pope Pius X Pope Leo XIII Vatican II Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith Pontifical Council for the Family United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Cardinal James Francis Stafford Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Bishop Samuel J. Aquila Catholic Womanhood Home » News » US University employee allowed back after marriage controversy Adelaide Darling Dr. Angela McCaskill. Washington D.C., Jan 10, 2013 / 12:17 am ( CNA ) .- A Maryland university employee has been reinstated after spending three months on administrative leave for signing a petition to allow locals to vote on same-sex “marriage” in the state. “The work of the University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is vital and must continue in an active and vibrant way,” said T. Alan Hurwitz, president of Gallaudet University, which serves the deaf and hard of hearing. According to the Associated Press, Hurwitz explained in a brief Jan. 7 statement to the campus community that Dr. Angela McCaskill was being returned to the position of Chief Diversity Officer. “I personally look forward to working with Dr. McCaskill on the work of that office,” he said. McCaskill, the first deaf African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. from Gallaudet, has been on paid leave since October, when it was discovered that she had signed a petition asking that Maryland voters be allowed to decide whether “gay marriage” should be implemented in the state. A law to redefine marriage in the state of Maryland passed in March 2012. However, it was delayed from taking effect until January 2013, allowing time for the measure to before the people in a referendum. McCaskill was one of more than 200,000 Maryland residents who signed a petition allow voters in the state to approve or reject the law. She was consequently placed on administrative leave, with Hurwitz stating in an email that “Dr. McCaskill has participated in a legislative initiative that some feel is inappropriate for an individual serving as Chief Diversity Officer.” The move came amid increasing concerns of censorship of those who support traditional marriage. A number of organizations criticized the decision to place McCaskill on leave. Shortly after her suspension from the university, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said in a statement that the decision “reflects the troubling trend of intimidation and bullying tactics against those who uphold marriage as the union of one man and one woman.” In August, a security guard was shot at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C. after the organization was labeled a “hate group” for its views on marriage. Perkins warned that a redefinition of marriage will lead to “more of these discriminatory actions taken against anyone who espouses marriage as it has always been defined.” The Family Research Council launched a petition to reinstate McCaskill, which drew more than 22,000 signatures. In an Oct. 16 press conference, McCaskill said that she was “dismayed” at the “intolerance” and “intimidation” she had experienced after more than 20 years of service to the university. McCaskill has said that she is not anti-gay, and has refused to take a public stance either for or against the law. She explained that she believes in the political process and thinks that the decision should be made by the people rather than the legislature. The referendum to uphold the “gay marriage” law in Maryland passed narrowly in November, allowing same-s.......