Ryerson to honour gay-marriage critic

June 9, 2006

TheStar.com – Ryerson to honour gay-marriage critic

Degree to come at start of Pride WeekEthicist says she’s pro-child, not anti-gay… Margaret Somerville is a well-known Montreal ethicist who holds a slew of honorary degrees — and strong opinions against same-sex marriage. Her views have generated controversy, enraged gay-rights activists, attracted hate mail and even prompted protests during her classes at McGill University.

What is making me happy is the back-channel discussion going on among faculty at Ryerson, and their work to bring this to a reasonable conclusion. I hope that the administration is listening to the debate, which is very one-sided, and remember that Ryerson has taken upon itself to be a university of the city, and that there’s no reason why we can’t foster open debate on controversial issues while at the same time honour those who reflect and support our community values.

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