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Gallaudet University Reinstates Diversity Officer Placed on Leave for Signing Petition to Put Marriage Equality on the Ballot

Angela McCaskill, the Gallaudet University associate provost of diversity and inclusion who was placed on leave in October after it was revealed that she signed a petition to put Maryland's marriage equality law on the ballot (Question 6), and subsequently appeared in an ad from the anti-gay Maryland Marriage Alliance opposing Question 6, has been reinstated by the university, the AP reports:

Angela_mccaskillUniversity president T. Alan Hurwitz announced the reinstatement of Angela McCaskill in an email to the campus community on Monday. The statement doesn’t elaborate on the reasons for the reinstatement, and university officials declined further comment.

The Washington Blade adds:

In his email message on Monday, Hurwitz didn’t say whether the reinstatement was based on any conditions. At the time he placed McCaskill on leave, Hurwitz hinted that he was sympathetic to concerns raised by gay and lesbian students on campus that it was inappropriate for the campus diversity officer to push for a ballot measure seeking to deny gays and lesbians the right to marry.

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“During the past three months a large number of you have taken the initiative to communicate with me,” Hurwitz said in his email. “This has been a period of reflection for all of us. I am deeply appreciative of the time you have taken to communicate your views, of the clearly heartfelt manner in which you have expressed those thoughts, and of the overall maturity you have shown in your willingness to consider the differing views others may hold.”

He added, “The work of the University’s Office of diversity and Inclusion is vital and must continue in an active and vibrant way. I personally look forward to working with Dr. McCaskill on the work of that office.”

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  1. I don't like this. She shouldn't hold a job as a diversity officer if she's against LGBT diversity. I'm wondering what's going to happen from here. The school appears to take homophobia seriously but there are questions they need to answer going forward.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 8, 2013 1:08:02 PM


  2. Well that certainly makes one confident in the diversity efforts and diversity officers of the university. (NOT) I cannot imagine a more frustrating situation for the LGBT students there. Wasn't there a lawsuit about this? What was the outcome? Is this part of a settlement -- and if so, why doesn't the University say so? Very strange.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Jan 8, 2013 1:08:35 PM


  3. And so the lawsuits begin. All it takes is one gay student or faculty member who has even a hint that this individual was involved in an adverse decision that affected them, and the university will have a hard time proving that no discrimination was involved.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Jan 8, 2013 1:12:39 PM


  4. I don't think that Ms. McCaskill should lose her job at Gallaudet but I don't think that she should be CDO either.

    Posted by: Chitown kev | Jan 8, 2013 1:13:01 PM


  5. I'm sadden as a Deaf/HoH person that the school is allowing her back. She has no right working in diversity when she does not support it clearly.

    Also Towleroad can you please fix the title on this article. You are saying the very opposite of what the story is about. You make it seem like she was placed on leave for supporting a ballot, not as being against.

    Posted by: Stephen | Jan 8, 2013 1:14:32 PM


  6. It would seem that the Diversity Office is in need of some diversity training. That's what she would do for any other employee who needed it.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 8, 2013 1:18:40 PM


  7. Well, what's going to happen more than anything is no-one LGBTQ is going to go to her at all. By keeping her as diversity officer it's going to keep non-hetero students repressed from talking about their issues.

    I don't get it. The school placing her on leave was a good step but just allowing her back in the same position will have what affect? Will there be someone else who works on behalf of LGBTQ students?

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 8, 2013 1:34:00 PM


  8. @ Stephen. Hey there. She signed a petition in support of a popular vote ballot initiative that could have overturned the legislatively passed law.

    Posted by: John | Jan 8, 2013 1:35:06 PM


  9. She is a black woman and they want to avoid a race/sex discrimination suit by re-instating her in all likelihood. If the individual in question had been a white male, he would no doubt not have been reinstated.

    So all you Far Left types who have encouraged identity politics and the culture of victimhood really have only yourselves to blame for situations like this. I hope you are happy.

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 8, 2013 1:36:42 PM


  10. After more thought about the situation, I think she shouldn't have been disciplined for signing a petition to put anything on a ballot. She shouldn't have done it, however, because it looks bad.

    @Alex Parrish: I'm suspicious, too. Although I'm not a lawyer, I've heard about several settlements with confidentiality clauses - none of them prevented the simple statement that there has been a settlement.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 8, 2013 1:40:15 PM


  11. That school has a huge gay population. They should have just paid her a settlement, because this is going to drag on and on.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 8, 2013 1:43:38 PM


  12. Rick the hater of "everything that isn't a white male" is back. Just when I thought 2013 was going to be a better year! Bleh.

    Victimhood? Funny coming from you:
    "If the individual in question had been a white male, he would no doubt not have been reinstated." Oh yes, those poor white males! Take it down a notch Rick. You give the rest of us white males a bad name with your incessant rantings.

    Posted by: EYEROLL | Jan 8, 2013 1:49:22 PM


  13. Rick should be the last person commenting on diversity. He dislikes women, lesbians, mothers, black people....etc, etc.

    Posted by: ARCHIE BUNKER | Jan 8, 2013 1:53:40 PM


  14. My father left my mother for a black woman and then when she in turn left him he used to dress me up in black-face drag and that's why I'm the simpering ninny barely standing before you today.

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 8, 2013 1:55:38 PM


  15. Isn't this a federally chartered University? Also located in DC where marriage equality is currently legal.....I think they should have some responsibility to add transparency to this decision.

    Posted by: major707 | Jan 8, 2013 1:59:40 PM


  16. Sorry, even signing a petition for the civil rights of a group to be put to a popular vote, one of the very things the US Constitution was written to guard against, is in direct opposition to her professional duties and position. What if she had signed a petition for workplace accommodations for DEAF people to be put to a popular vote? Would that be OK?

    Then she doubled down on it by appearing in an ad for an anti-gay group. They should have FIRED her @ss for that. Then HER rights could have been put a vote- by a jury of her peers. Gallaudet backed down and they shouldn't have.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 8, 2013 2:00:45 PM


  17. I think there should have been a ballot drawn up that let every GU student vote on whether or not they wanted her to come back...surely she'd be okay with that, right? Since she only thinks it fair gay marriage has the same treatment.

    Posted by: Donald | Jan 8, 2013 2:09:40 PM


  18. "Then she doubled down on it by appearing in an ad for an anti-gay group. They should have FIRED her @ss for that. Then HER rights could have been put a vote- by a jury of her peers. Gallaudet backed down and they shouldn't have"

    Being black and female gives her immunity when it comes to accountability for her actions towards a bunch of (mostly white male) gay students.

    Race and gender trump sexual orientation amongst the liberal hierarchy, so when situations like this blow up in your faces, you are pretty helpless to do anything about it.

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 8, 2013 2:10:02 PM


  19. Also, I'm pretty sure her clitoris is bigger than my penis and that makes me mad.

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 8, 2013 2:15:36 PM


  20. "Isn't this a federally chartered University?"

    What if it is? It is still perfectly legal under Federal law to discriminate against people on the basis of sexual orientation (but not race or gender). So what legal recourse would anyone have against her?

    And unfortunately, ENDA will in ali likelihood never pass as long as the same Far Left types who created situations like this one insist on keepind "gender identity" language in the bill....which means that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation will continue to be legal at the Federal level for decades to come.....

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 8, 2013 2:28:44 PM


  21. No one should be fired for their personal beliefs. The question is, what is her record in her position and was she able to serve the student population in a way that offered equality and dignity to every group.

    Furthermore... someone opposing gay marriage does not mean they hate gay people. Hate is a very strong word...and an even stronger emotion that illicits purposeful action from the one that carries it...lest we forget that not long ago our President who was fully supported by the LGBT community...explicitly oppposed gay marriage. However...if you want to see someone evolve on the issue... how about we open the dialogue between the parties. Hold a meeting so that students can voice their concerns. The reality people feel strongly about gay marriage but the expectation is that if you oppose it you MUST BE SILENCED... If you hate me tell me...and we can talk about...but if you hate me and I keep you quiet about it...I think that is way more dangerous...personally...

    Posted by: concernedforthecity | Jan 8, 2013 2:52:31 PM


  22. This isn't the time for dialogue. This is a woman who holds the position of diversity officer at a very highly gay populated school. There is no room for someone who is anti-gay and unable to separate personal beliefs from the work place in such a position. Bottom line.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 8, 2013 3:16:51 PM


  23. This isn't the time for dialogue. This is a woman who holds the position of diversity officer at a very highly gay populated school. There is no room for someone who is anti-gay and unable to separate personal beliefs from the work place in such a position. Bottom line.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 8, 2013 3:16:51 PM


  24. What evidence exists that she isn't able to separate personal views from her profession... that's all I am asking. Were there major concerns about this staff member prior to this event?

    By the way...this is the time for dialogue...

    Posted by: concernedforthecity | Jan 8, 2013 3:18:59 PM


  25. Diversity officer? Apparently Gallaudet is tone deaf as well.

    Posted by: dcinsider | Jan 8, 2013 3:22:51 PM


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