Notre Dame Staff Seeks Protections for Gay and Lesbian People

Associated Press
|
September 27, 2012

More than 600 University of Notre Dame faculty and staff have signed onto a statement urging the Roman Catholic school to add sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination clause.

A full-page ad published Tuesday in the campus newspaper, the Observer, and signed by 366 school employees urges Notre Dame “to make the protection, recognition, and equal treatment” of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people an official part of school policy.

Sociology professor Richard Williams, who organized the effort, told the South Bend Tribune for a Wednesday story that about a dozen more employees have signed the statement since it was published.

Williams, who joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1986, said attitudes have changed on campus as they have in American society.

The South Bend Common Council early this year voted to add sexual orientation to the city’s nondiscrimination protection.

“This is not just Notre Dame alone,” Williams said. “This is something that is happening in South Bend and nationwide.”