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Discrimination policy too narrow

Letter to the Editor | Monday, April 21, 2008

It is unacceptable that the University of Notre Dame refuses to include sexual orientation in the discrimination clause. We pride ourselves on the unbreakable bonds of the “Notre Dame family” but Notre Dame seems to think this doesn’t apply with sexual orientation. Opposing discrimination towards homosexuals does not condone their lifestyle or compromise our Catholic character; it affirms that we oppose hate and welcome all as equal human beings. Notre Dame officials worry about the legal consequences of this act. But shouldn’t our principles of humanity hold more weight than the threat of a lawsuit? The day that Notre Dame values the popular opinion of her alumni and their pocketbooks more than her morals is the day I transfer. Let’s hope that Notre Dame acts faster on this issue than the Catholic Church did with Galileo.

Casey Cockerham


Stanford Hall

April 19