Hamline Wesley Award winners request honors be annulled over school's gay marriage stance

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Schumacher (left) and Ramchandani (right), 'no longer recognize the integrity of the governing body' that honored them with the Wesley Award.
Colin Schumacher and Shona Ramchandani, two recipients of Hamline's prestigious John Wesley Award, have requested the annulment of their honors after school administration decided to remain neutral on the Minnesota marriage amendment.

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"I can no longer stand by a governing body that cannot stand by the same values of
 leadership and inclusion that the Wesley Award was designed to recognize," Schumacher wrote in a letter addressed to President Linda Hanson and the Hamline Board of Trustees. "I formally request that my 2003 Wesley Award be annulled. Accordingly, I 
request that name be removed from all public records of the award."

The dual requests continue the backlash Hanson and the board have experienced after she announced the school would remain neutral on the marriage amendment last Monday. On Wednesday, 85 percent of Hamline's faculty voted to approve a resolution stating, "We... oppose the marriage amendment that seeks to enshrine discrimination in the constitution of the state of Minnesota."

The John Wesley Award is given annually to the undergraduate or graduate student "who best demonstrate[s] a commitment to leadership and service that lies at the heart of Hamline University."

Schumacher won the award in 2003. He now works as an elementary teacher in New York City. Ramchandani, the '04 recipient, now works with the Minnesota Historical Society.

To read the full text of Schumacher's letter to Hanson and the board, click to page two. For Ramchandani's, check out page three.


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