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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.


“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. Dialogue? Really? This ignorant bigot does a commercial for an anti-gay organization and the gay students are supposed to sit down with her and express their feelings? How about this, as one poster suggested, place her name on a ballot for the Gallaudet students to decide whether or not she keeps her job. That's only fair, since she thought voting on people's civil rights was OK, why not vote on her job?

    Posted by: dcinsider | Jan 8, 2013 3:27:10 PM

  2. No, this isn't the time for dialogue. This is a job, and you either are qualified to do the job or you're not qualified. Angela McCaskill is not qualified.

    The second she decided to call Gallaudet "intolerant", the second she decided to put marriage on the ballot and vote against our rights, the second she decided to speak in advertisements promoting hate against us, was when she decided that her anti-gay agenda meant more to her than her job. She is a selfish woman.

    This isn't over. Remember that bigoted teacher from New Jersey who eventually got canned. We'll see what happens. Like I said, I'll wait for some answers before completely piling on Gallaudet.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 8, 2013 3:31:12 PM

  3. My bet. They reinstated her to avoid a future lawsuit, and will find a different excuse a year from now stating that she has left seeking new opportunities elsewhere.

    Posted by: Keith | Jan 8, 2013 4:28:26 PM

  4. As she should have been. This is a free speech issues folks that can cut both ways. If the woman doesn't support marriage equality, that's her opinion and her business.

    It becomes OUR business when she tries to take that opinion and mix it up with her administrative duties to the detriment of LGBTQ students.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 8, 2013 4:36:04 PM

  5. So, Jamal, what if LGBT students live in Maryland and want to get married?

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 8, 2013 5:02:37 PM

  6. Jamal and Concerned: what if the head of the HR department signed a petition and was in a commercial supporting repeal of sexual harrasement laws? Don't you see the conflict?

    Posted by: EYEROLL | Jan 8, 2013 5:14:19 PM

  7. Jamal, signing a ballot petition is not an act of "free speech." It's legislating against the very thing her job is supposed to be about protecting. Would she have wanted the electorate to have a referendum on protections for disabled workers? To vote on civil rights for African Americans?

    As others have said, this was probably part of a hush hush settlement. She will be given a couple years to look for another job at full salary and have minimal duties during that time. Must be nice.
    It's a shame the university didn't screen her more carefully for this position in the first place.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Jan 8, 2013 6:33:55 PM

  8. I'm saddened by this news. A Diversity officer should be open to any and all despite their personal opinions. Is it that difficult to find someone who loves humans just as they are? One has to wonder if all the LGBTQ folks at the university that need her services will just go without?

    Posted by: PDA | Jan 8, 2013 7:35:35 PM

  9. I thought the signing of the petition was regrettable, but her explanations, or lack thereof, were the most offputting part. She basically said at various times that she had no idea what she was signing, or that she did know but that doesn't tell us anything about her real views on gay marriage. Frankly, those are the explanations of an imbecile, and that alone should have persuaded Gallaudet to part ways with her.

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 8, 2013 8:40:56 PM

    "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."

    Sorry, no. In any position as an officer of the university, the job description includes not taking public positions in opposition to the university and making unauthorized public appearances. She simply can't be effective as CDO while losing the trust, respect, and confidence of a large portion of the student body, not just LGBT.

    She deserves to be fired just for taking a controversial political position in a very public way without pre-clearing it with the university. She's free to hold her own opinions and vote according to her conscience. But signing a petition to deny civil rights to a group she is charged to protect and to appear in advertising nullifies her effectiveness in her job.

    Good luck with getting her contract renewed.

    Posted by: homogenius | Jan 8, 2013 8:49:36 PM

  11. It is troubling that the school did not announce that she realize she was wrong

    Posted by: Bob | Jan 9, 2013 1:34:03 AM

  12. This woman is just another clearly incompetent black person who clings to their job because they know the only reason they hold their position is the color of their skin, and Ms. McCaskill seems positively ebullient about using her tokenism as a ticket to what she believes will be big $$$.
    What a whore.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Jan 9, 2013 7:57:49 AM

  13. To Concerned for the City:

    IN answer to your question: this woman regards gays and lesbians as second class citizens. Her opposition to their civil right to marry is clear on that point.

    Get it? From that perspective, she obviously has no problem treating gays as second class citizens --since she has not problem voting against the rights of gays and lesbians. It's a world view and it cannot BUT affect her work as CDO... it's simply a joke that she is Chief Diversity Officer. She's obviously incompetent.

    Man! I wish I had the right to vote on the civil rights of Ms. McCaskill!

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Jan 9, 2013 8:00:56 AM

  14. Let's see the woman appears in an anti-gay Ad, and so then she gets a 3 month paid vacation (excuse me "suspension"), and is then reinstated.

    Maybe the university should find an active member of the KKK and make that person the head of her department . . . sort of "sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander."

    I wonder what her reaction to her KKK boss would be.

    Posted by: Continuum | Jan 9, 2013 8:31:52 AM

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