Gay marriage flap: Gallaudet reinstates official

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 08, 2013 00:00 hrs

The nation's top university for the deaf and hard of hearing has reinstated its chief diversity officer, who was suspended for three months after signing a petition circulated by opponents of gay marriage in Maryland.

Gallaudet University president T. Alan Hurwitz announced the reinstatement of Angela McCaskill in an email distributed Monday to the campus community. The statement doesn't elaborate on the reasons for the reinstatement, and university officials declined further comment.

Gallaudet's Washington campus has a prominent gay community.

McCaskill was placed on paid leave in October after administrators became aware that she had signed the petition. The petition drive led to a referendum on gay marriage in Maryland, where McCaskill lives. Voters upheld the law, and same-sex couples began marrying in that state this month.

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