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Gallaudet Criticized for Placing Official on Leave

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WASHINGTON—Groups on both sides of the gay marriage debate are speaking out against Gallaudet University in Washington. The statements come after an administrator was placed on leave because she signed a petition opposing gay marriage.

Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign manager Josh Levin says Angela McCaskill “should be reinstated immediately” as chief diversity officer at Gallaudet, the nation’s leading university for the deaf and hard of hearing. Although the group supports gay marriage, Levin says “everyone is entitled to free speech.”

McCaskill, a Maryland resident, signed a petition circulated by gay marriage opponents to put the issue on the ballot in November. Maryland legalized gay marriage this year, but the law hasn’t taken effect.

The conservative Family Research Council issued a statement calling Gallaudet’s action discriminatory.

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