Gallaudet Official on Leave After Signing Petition to Oppose Gay Marriage

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012  |  Updated 10:50 AM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Gallaudet Official on Leave for Signing Anti-Gay Marriage Petition

Getty Images

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (C), Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (L) and House Speaker Michael Busch (R) sign the state's recently passed same-sex marriage bill into law during a ceremony at the Maryland State House, March 1, 2012.

advertisement

The chief diversity officer at Gallaudet University has been placed on paid leave after she signed a petition to put a gay marriage referendum on the ballot in Maryland.

The referendum would overturn a same-sex marriage bill signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley. .

Gallaudet President T. Alan Hurwitz announced Angela McCaskill's leave in a statement Wednesday. He said McCaskill "participated in a legislative initiative that some feel is inappropriate" for someone in her position.

McCaskill lives in Maryland, where voters will vote on the referendum, known as Question 6, in November. It was placed on the ballot by opponents of same-sex unions.

Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign manager Josh Levin says Angela McCaskill "should be reinstated immediately" as chief diversity officer at Gallaudet. Although the group supports gay marriage, Levin says "everyone is entitled to free speech."

McCaskill's signature on the petition was disclosed in July by the Washington Blade. She did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Gallaudet is the nation's leading university for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
Join the Ride to Conquer Cancer
Join the Ride To Conquer Cancer, Sept. 13 Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out