Posted on : Monday October 15, 2012


Derek McCoy, Chairman of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, urges Marylanders who value religious liberties to vote Against Question 6 (Civil Marriage Protection Act) in the upcoming Maryland elections.

To emphasize his concern for restrictions on religious liberties if the Act is voted into law, he shared about Dr. Angela McCaskill who has served Washington, D.C.’s Gallaudet University for 23 years. She was recently put on administrative leave when the University learned she signed the marriage referendum petition to allow voters, rather than the legislature, to make decisions regarding same sex “marriage” in Maryland.

McCaskill joined almost 200,000 Maryland residents in signing the petition.

In addition to numerous news coverages, such as WJLA ABC Channel 7 news (above), McCaskill’s pastor, Rev. Dr. Lee P. Washington of Reid Temple A.M.E. Church in Glenn Dale, Md., issued a statement:

It goes without saying that first and foremost we ask that Dr. Angela McCaskill be reinstated immediately to her position at Gallaudet University.

Dr. McCaskill has served the university for the past 23 years and has demonstrated the ability to execute her job with fairness, integrity, equality, and justice! We stand with our member here at Reid Temple who simply exercised her rights as a Maryland citizen in signing a petition, which in all fairness allows for “all” voting people to engage in the process of government.

As the first African American woman to receive a Ph.D. from the university and to serve in the capacity of Chief Diversity Officer, she is keenly aware of the duties she needs to execute her job. As a citizen of the United States of America, her suspension is beyond the boundaries of civility.

As a church Reid Temple takes our role in civic leadership seriously, and has just this year been actively involved in voter registration, opposition to the Maryland gambling referendum, support for the traditional definition of marriage, calling for justice in the Trayvon Martin case, and advocating for the continuance of affirmative action which right now lies before the US Supreme Court. We are a church who cares for all people and believes that safe space for ones’ personal and religious views ought be championed be members of every community.

Unfortunately, Dr. McCaskill and her family have been subjected to threats and intimidation as a result of the media coverage of the actions taken by President Hurwitz on behalf of Gallaudet University. As her church family we stand firmly by her side, and welcome all persons of good faith regardless of their ideological views to denounce these actions of cowardice and bullying.

We pray that as our community wrestles with important issues we may do so in the context of love and not hate.

As her pastor, I stand to say that we as a church family and community support Dr. McCaskill and stand with her during this time. The unfair treatment of Dr. McCaskill is a warning of what is to come if same-sex marriage becomes law in Maryland. It is a clarion call for Marylanders who value religious liberties and individual rights to vote against question 6. Again, it goes without saying that she deserves her job back.

On Maryland Marriage Alliance’s website, McCoy shares his same concern: “Unfortunately, this is only the latest in a long list of attacks on individuals who express support for marriage as a union between one man and one woman. If such attacks can be made before same sex marriage is law, how can homosexual activists in good faith say that religious liberties will not be attacked if Question six passes?”

To read McCoy’s full statement or to obtain resources, visit online at