An official at a Washington, DC, university continues to demand
her reinstatement after being suspended for signing a petition to
let Maryland voters decide the homosexual "marriage" issue.
Dr. Angela McCaskill, Gallaudet University's chief diversity
officer, faced the action after a co-worker asked her if she had
signed the petition. When she answered yes, the co-worker demanded
that university President T. Alan Hurwitz discipline her (
see earlier story).
McCaskill, who is deaf, recently spoke
through an interpreter at a press conference, stating her dismay
with the school's intolerance.
"They have attempted to intimidate me. They have tarnished my
reputation and my 24 years of service," she declared. "My record at
Gallaudet University speaks for itself, and I ask to be judged by
what I have done."
Her record is reportedly spotless.
"The university took this action against me because I was among
200,000 people that signed this petition," the official explained.
"I exercised my rights. I felt it was important that we as the
citizens of Maryland have an opportunity to vote."
While she has not stated her position on "gay marriage," Dr.
McCaskill asserts that she has always supported all students,
regardless of race or sexual orientation. Along with her attorney,
she is demanding that she be reinstated to her job and receive
compensation for her emotional distress and the damage to her
The school president expects concessions from her before she is
considered for reinstatement, but he has declared the school's
willingness to keep McCaskill as "a valued member" of the