Hamline's decision to stay neutral on marriage amendment sparks protest

Categories: Education, GLBT
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Kellert (left) called on Hanson (right) to make a stand consistent with the school's Discrimination Policy. It went unheeded.
At 11 a.m. today, Hamline students and faculty will gather on the school's Old Main Lawn to protest school administration's decision to stay neutral on the Minnesota marriage amendment.

SEE ALSO: Hamline professor Stephen Kellert calls on university administration to come out against Minnesota marriage amendment

In a letter addressed to the "Hamline Community" and distributed via email last night, President Linda Hanson engages in some impressive doublespeak -- she writes that "Hamline will not take a position in opposition to or in favor of the amendment," but adds, "The University's position should not be viewed as supportive of the amendment or as a rejection" of the school's history of inclusivity.

Earlier this month, philosophy professor Stephen Kellert wrote a letter to Hanson asking that the school come out against the same sex-marriage ban. He cited the school's Discrimination Policy, which states that the school "does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities."

Kellert's letter came on the heels of the creation of a Hamline Supports the Freedom to Marry Facebook page that attracted 2,000 members during its first day.

A healthy debate has developed on the Facebook page promoting today's protest. Here's a sampling of some of the responses to Hanson's letter.

From sociology professor Melissa Embser-Herbert:
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And here's a couple reactions from students:
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More than one alumnus has vowed to stop financially supporting the historically socially liberal school in the wake of President Hanson's neutrality vow.

To read the full text of her letter, click to page two.



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