Last Spring, Duke announced that incoming first-year students, aside from those in varsity sports, would no longer have the option to choose a roommate. By dissolving the roommate selection option, administrators hoped that students from different backgrounds could be forced to live in the same square foot room for an entire year and thus learn from each other. This decision was controversial, as some agreed with the housing decision and others said it placed a burden of education on students with marginalized identities. While I agree that the benefits of randomized housing can be substantial, I am concerned for the first-years who are now tasked with being a lesson in tolerance for their roommates. For this piece, I am going to focus mainly on gay male students, as that is the perspective I understand most—although many other minority groups will experience similar issues.
The Adjudication Panel for Wales heard that the comments were made after Cllr Down received a two-month suspension for homophobic comments in This prompted a further investigation by the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, who accused Cllr Down of a further breach of the code of conduct. It was argued that what he said was protected by absolute privilege, which exempts persons from making defamatory statements during judicial proceedings. Cllr Down also claimed that being unable to examine witnesses against him was in violation of Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights. Panel chair Richard Payne said proceedings would be adjourned to allow for the ombudsman and Cllr Down to provide further information to support their legal arguments.
Gay rights activist John Corvino defends morality of homosexuality
That now, for many of us, the rainbow flag represents an insidious force, something dark and harrowing. It represents coercion and conversion. The question is, when they do find out, will they just simply want to be left alone so they can enjoy their yummy propaganda sandwich, or will they step up to the plate?
Ohio's legislature is now considering a measure to prohibit discrimination by sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in public and private employment, housing and public accommodations. Two identical bills were introduced in the Ohio House and Senate on March They have sponsors from both parties, and Gov. Ted Strickland has said he will sign the measure when it gets to his desk.