Thursday, February 17, 2011

UMD Student Government Endorses Marriage Equality

From the Diamondback:

About 20 campus community members spoke at yesterday's meeting, including College Park District 1 Councilman Patrick Wojahn and District 4 Councilman Marcus Afzali. Only one student spoke against the bill.

Several attendees urged the SGA to vote in favor of supporting the state bill — especially since it was nearly struck down before a healthy debate even began. For Wojahn, who is openly gay, the discussion was personal.

"Try being an LGBT student and struggling coming out of the closet," Wojahn said during the meeting, adding he was looking for an accepting school when making his decision to come out. "Do it for not just the students here, but every student who's thinking about coming to Maryland and wants to come to an accepting place."