Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lisa Howe on Belmont Anti-Bias Policy: 'This Is a Landmark Day'

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 5:44 AM

In the City Paper, Jerome Boettcher has more on yesterday's decision by Belmont University to add the term "sexual orientation" to its nondiscrimination policy — a move that clarifies the school's official stance toward GLBT students and faculty, after nearly two months of controversy. The firestorm began in December, when Belmont women's soccer coach Lisa Howe was ousted after disclosing that she and her female partner were expecting a baby.

Boettcher notes that much remains to be seen — namely, how the school will put the policy into actual practice toward openly gay students and faculty. But at least one person was pleased with Belmont President Robert Fisher's announcement:

“This is a great victory for the values of inclusion, human dignity and respect,” Howe said in a statement issued through her attorney, Abby Rubenfeld. “I am incredibly proud of the Belmont faculty and students for pushing for this policy. I am also grateful to the Belmont board for recognizing that being gay and being Christian are not mutually exclusive. This is a landmark day.”

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