Gay rights/issues

Stained Glass Ceiling

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W. King Mott, associate professor of political science and gender studies at Seton Hall University, clearly has earned respect from colleagues at the Roman Catholic institution. He has tenure. He recently finished a term as chair of the Faculty Senate. He served on the search committee for a new president.

New Venue for Anti-Bias Debate

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday settled a key question about the anti-bias rules of public colleges and universities. Under the ruling, public colleges and universities may limit recognition to student groups that abide by anti-bias rules -- even when the groups are religious and they object on religious grounds to some of the rules.

Teaching or Preaching?

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The headline on the press release sure sounds like this is a case to be outraged over: "Ill. prof. fired for teaching about Catholic beliefs in class on Catholicism," says the announcement from the Alliance Defense Fund. Many newspapers articles ran variations of that headline -- "University of Illinois Instructor Fired Over Catholic Beliefs," read one.

The New Clash of Rights

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A month ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a dispute involving the right of public universities to enforce anti-bias rules as a requirement for recognition of student organizations. The university's rules were upheld, dealing a blow to Christian student groups who argued that they should be protected by the First Amendment to receive recognition and to bar gay people.

Out Presidents

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Nine college and university presidents gathered in Chicago over the weekend and decided to form a new organization that will promote the professional development of gay academics as well as work on education and advocacy issues.

Asking More Than Male or Female

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The Common Application is considering adding voluntary questions about applicants' sexual orientation and gender identity. The application is used by hundreds of colleges and universities -- including many of the most competitive.

Legal Loss for Anti-Gay Student

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Federal judge refuses to grant injunction to block master's program in counseling from forcing her to comply with its equity standards.

Deadly Warning

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Rutgers student's suicide after alleged gay taunting shows that, despite a growth in resources, some students don't get help and there's still plentiful debate about how to help them.

Academic Freedom Verdict

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Faculty panel at Illinois finds that university may have legitimate reasons to dismiss adjunct who sent anti-gay e-mail, but that his offending students is not one of them.

Answering an Uninvited Preacher

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Mankato State students, offended by views offered by pastor who visits the campus, didn't try to ban him. They held a protest in his church.

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