PHOTO: just a few decades ago, the official student newspaper of Oregon State University often had viciously anti-gay opinion pieces and therefore it is a sign of progress that it recently ran the editorial in support of gay marriage by Staff, "Legalize gay marriage in 2014," Barometer, Feb. 12, 2013, p. 3. I was also impressed with the adjacent opinion piece by Irene Drage, "Class Room Protection Act: Protecting children from homosexuals," Barometer, Feb. 12, 2013, p. 3. Anti-gay forces have traditionally used the methods of muzzling open discussion on sexuality and stoking a fear in parents that any such discussion of sexuality will harm their child or even make them gay. Irene Drage is a senior in English who wrote about the recent attempts to ban all mention of gay people in the classroom. I sent Irene Drage an email complimenting her on these opinion pieces.
See previous posts OSU gay marriage and the Corvallis Creeper (2/9/13) about the opinion piece by Irene Drage, "Marriage equality not the final blow to homophobia," Barometer, posted Jan. 29, 2013, p. 3.