Gallaudet Announces Victory for McCaskill

by Maggie Gallagher

From the Washington Post:

Last week the president of Gallaudet University put his chief diversity officer, Angela McCaskill, on paid leave after it became public that she had signed a petition for Maryland’s new same-sex marriage law to be put to a referendum vote.

Since then, the Internet has erupted with support for McCaskill and calls for her to be reinstated by Gallaudet, which is a university for the deaf and hard of hearing. Opponents and proponents of same-sex marriage have both criticized the university for disciplining McCaskill for signing the petition.

Last week President T. Alan Hurwitz said in a statement that given McCaskill’s job description, signing the petition was an act that “some feel is inappropriate.” On Tuesday morning, Hurwitz released another statement to clarify that he wants McCaskill to return to campus after her paid administrative leave, resolve this matter and continue as chief diversity officer. McCaskill is scheduled to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Annapolis.

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