Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Must not sign a petition seeking a referendum on homosexual marriage
Homosexuality trumps democracy, it seems.
Gallaudet University President T. Alan Hurwitz suspended the school's chief diversity officer Wednesday after he was made aware that the diversity office, Dr. Angela McCaskill, had signed the marriage referendum petition in Maryland.
In a statement to staff and students of the D.C. university for the deaf and hard of hearing that was sent about noon today, Hurwitz said: "I want to inform the community that I have placed Dr. Angela McCaskill on paid administrative leave effective immediately. It recently came to my attention that Dr. McCaskill has participated in a legislative initiative that some feel is inappropriate for an individual serving as Chief Diversity Officer; however, other individuals feel differently."
Maryland's marriage equality bill was passed earlier this year, but opponents circulated a petition to subject the bill to a referendum vote this fall. The opponents received sufficient signatures, including an individual with McCaskill name and address, according to a document published by the Washington Blade, and the referendum is Question 6 on the November ballot.
According to her Gallaudet biography, McCaskill has worked at the D.C. college for 23 years in various capacities. On January 3, 2011, she was named deputy to the president and associate provost of diversity and inclusion. She also, according to her bio, was the first deaf African-American female to earn a Ph.D. from Gallaudet University.
Regarding the timing of her leave, first reported by ABC 7 News's Mike Conneen, Hurwitz said in the statement, "I will use the extended time while she is on administrative leave to determine the appropriate next steps taking into consideration the duties of this position at the university. In the meantime an interim Chief Diversity Officer will be announced in the near future."