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Gallaudet Diversity Officer Featured in Ad Opposing Marriage Equality in Maryland: VIDEO


Angela McCaskill, the Gallaudet University associate provost of diversity and inclusion who was recently placed on leave after it was revealed that she signed a petition to put Maryland's marriage equality law on the ballot (Question 6), is featured in a new ad from the anti-gay Maryland Marriage Alliance opposing Question 6.

The ad seeks to show that people who speak out against same-sex marriage are bullied, oppressed, and punished.

"We're ALL at risk under Question 6," the ad claims.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, McCaskill plans to seek compensation for "emotional distress" endured after being put on administrative leave: “'I am dismayed that Gallaudet University is still a university of intolerance, a university that manages by intimidation, a university that allows bullying among faculty, staff and students,' McCaskill said at a press conference in Annapolis on Tuesday afternoon..."

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  1. Just firing her completely becomes more and more appealing

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 17, 2012 3:38:20 PM

  2. This woman is a chowder head: she just doesn't get it. Your job cant be the facilitation of diversity and inclusion when you actively and publically campaign for... divisiveness and exclusion. No one twisted your arm to get the job you had, and no one twisted her arm to sign the petition. No sympathy here. ::kanye shrug::

    Posted by: Munro | Oct 17, 2012 3:42:37 PM

  3. How in the world did they hire as a Diversity Officer someone so clearly unqualified and incompetent as a diversity officer?

    After they're done firing her, they need to investigate exactly who was responsible for hiring her, and put those people out to pasture as well.

    Posted by: Rawn | Oct 17, 2012 3:44:13 PM

  4. Maybe she thinks the NAACP should hire someone from the KKK as their director. What an idiot!

    Posted by: Ricco | Oct 17, 2012 3:46:12 PM

  5. America, land of the free. Where people fight for the freedom to be able to take away freedoms from others. Sigh.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Oct 17, 2012 3:47:33 PM

  6. Boy, Heaven's going to be crowded when all these Christian martyrs pass away. Or maybe not.

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 17, 2012 3:50:05 PM

  7. How could a person in her position NOT realize that signing that petition would look bad? Even if, as is now claimed, it was done just to put it on the ballot? Her lawyer claims that in signing the petition she did not express her views. If that's true, denounce this commercial for false representation. When will the foes of marriage equality finally realize that it's not marriage equality laws that get people in trouble for being anti-marriage-eqality?

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 17, 2012 3:50:36 PM

  8. This was very stupid of her if she gave her permission for this, it completely changes the game as far as the college is concerned. Right now she is effectively on paid vacation. If she wanted to keep up her "i was doing it for democracy" line she should have just stayed out of the limelight and let her record at the school reveal what it will (good or bad). However she now has dragged the school further into the political arena, and they now have an even greater reason to fire her.

    Posted by: Randyowen | Oct 17, 2012 3:52:12 PM

  9. Maybe they should have the students vote on whether she should be fired. See how she likes that

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 17, 2012 3:54:12 PM

  10. Many here have asked a good question, "How can the "diversity" administrator be so opposed to diversity?"

    ANSWER: They see only COLOR as a factor in diversity. Gay Americans must push to broaden that definition.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Oct 17, 2012 3:59:13 PM

  11. I was of the earlier opinion that while unfortunate, Gallaudet's president made a necessary and wise movie putting her on paid leave to investigate if there any actionable claims of discrimination that students or faculty could now claim were committed by their Chief Diversity Officer. I think with this ad, Dr. McCaskill has now sunk her own ship.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Oct 17, 2012 4:00:11 PM

  12. Some people just don't have much brain capacity in their craniums.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Oct 17, 2012 4:07:02 PM

  13. I encourage everyone to write to the University in support of their decision to suspend McCaskill. They need to hear our support at least as loudly as they are, surely, hearing the anti-gay side. The provost's (Dr. Stephen Weiner) email address is:

    Posted by: Troy | Oct 17, 2012 4:08:30 PM

  14. I think local sentiment in DC and Maryland is strongly in favor of Dr. McCaskill, even amongst my progressive friends. The media have portrayed her as being bullied by those who would squelch her free speech rights. Some friends of mine asked, "Doesn't she have the right to sign petitions like everyone else?" Others are saying that gay rights activists are trying to force people to support them and silence objectors. I don't know, but I sense this ad will be very, very effective in Maryland. Plus, she is a black woman, which may really resonate with crucial black voters in Maryland.

    Posted by: Javier | Oct 17, 2012 4:11:36 PM

  15. like "Are you going to allow those liberal bullies to scare and bully you into no longer torturing and owning slaves?"

    yeah. right. it's bullying when we fight back. suuuure.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 17, 2012 4:19:04 PM

  16. Perhaps, Littlekiwi, but if you mean going after people in this way, it might mean we lose at the ballot box and politically. This story is not playing in our favor, as evidenced by the fact that local gay rights groups wisely denounced Galludet for its actions and called for the university to restore Dr. McCaskill to regular status. They knew last week that this would end up in ads.

    Posted by: Javier | Oct 17, 2012 4:30:09 PM

  17. gotcha. we can only go after racists and anti-semites. not anti-gay bigots. because anti-gay bigotry is acceptable.

    sorry, i gave up being a doormat when i came out. i'm not laying down and pretending bigotry is anything other than bigotry.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 17, 2012 4:38:59 PM

  18. Marriage equality for Gay folks will survive in Maryland. All the polls say so, and Maryland has become as progressive as any New England state. And President Obama's evolution on the issue will be a positive influence.

    I don't know. Maybe McCaskill came out of one of Mitt Romney's binders.

    Not the McCaskill in Missouri.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 17, 2012 4:41:50 PM

  19. @JAVIER -- the WHOLE point is that she is a Black woman who did something that would get a White man fired. All she had to do was say, "In reflection, it was wrong for me to sign it, because it made me appear disloyal to diversity". As long as fools listen to people like her, discrimination continues.

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 17, 2012 4:42:23 PM

  20. "...the WHOLE point is that she is a Black woman who did something that would get a White man fired"

    Yep, poor White men. They have it so hard.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 17, 2012 4:50:38 PM

  21. If she thinks that it's ok to put the civil rights of minorities up for a vote then she is obviously not qualified to be a diversity officer. End of story. She can sign other petitions as much as she likes. But this simply isn't an appropriate use of the referendum process. It's way past time people understand that.

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 17, 2012 5:10:12 PM

  22. Amen @DERRICK FROM PHILLY! Let's not get into the woes of the poor white man.

    Posted by: Ricco | Oct 17, 2012 5:13:09 PM

  23. Steve, do you think that is a politically popular stance that will help win the same-sex referendum right now in Maryland?

    Posted by: Javier | Oct 17, 2012 5:27:36 PM

  24. So what? There will never be any true progress if people act like these votes are acceptable in any way

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 17, 2012 5:29:10 PM

  25. @DERRICK FROM PHILLY -- as an old White guy, I can tell you I have seen the looks of mistrust, the "convicted before I get a chance" thing, MANY times, particularly from women of all colors, and I have definitely lost work because of it. That does not mean I am, or want to be, Mitt Romney.
    NO ONE IS FREE UNLESS EVERYONE IS FREE. This woman is hiding behind her Blackness and/or her religion as an excuse to not be pristine on the subject of equality and diversity. She should NEVER have signed that, as it gives a perfectly reasonable impression that she is against Gay freedom, negating the goals of her position.

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 17, 2012 5:38:19 PM

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