Notre Dame Postpones Gay-Straight Alliance Decision Until Fall

South Bend Tribune
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May 2, 2012

While the University of Notre Dame turned down the latest request from some students and employees to add sexual orientation to the university’s non-discrimination clause, it will delay until fall a decision about whether to recognize a gay-straight alliance.

Both measures have been sought for years by those who want stronger campus support and legal protection for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals at the university.

“I think that it is very encouraging that the decision on official recognition will be a component of a broader review of the structures and services in place for the LGBTQ community and allies,” said Alex Coccia, a sophomore and co-president of the Progressive Student Alliance, a student group leading the movement. “One thing that was made very clear this semester was that as a community we need to address inclusion in many different arenas, and, therefore, a broader review is necessary.”