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University reinstates diversity officer who signed anti-marriage equality petition

WASHINGTON — Gallaudet University has reinstated its chief diversity officer after a three-month paid suspension for signing a petition opposing Maryland’s same-sex marriage law.

Angela McCaskill
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The school’s president, T. Alan Hurwitz, announced the reinstatement of Angela McCaskill, associate provost of diversity and inclusion, in an email Monday to the University community.

In October 2012, the website PlanetDeafQueer reported that an unidentified Gallaudet faculty member filed a complaint with the university after discovering McCaskill had signed the petition that prompted the Nov. 6 referendum on the same-sex marriage law signed earlier in the year by Gov. Martin O’Malley.

A database of signatories that the Washington Blade published in July noted the signature of Angela Patrice McCaskill of Prince George’s County, Md.

Maryland voters upheld the law, and same-sex couples began marrying on January 1.

Hurwitz did not elaborate on the reasons for McCaskill’s reinstatement, and university officials declined further comment.

Gallaudet University, located in the District of Columbia, is a federally chartered university for the education of the deaf and hard of hearing.

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