Loyola University Chicago: End the discriminatory policy banning same-sex ceremonies on campus
  • Petitioned Richard J. Klarchek

This petition was delivered to:

Chair, Loyola University Chicago Council of Regents
Richard J. Klarchek
Chair, Loyola University Chicago Board of Trustees
Mr. Robert L. Parkinson, Jr.
Loyola University Chicago President
Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.

Loyola University Chicago: End the discriminatory policy banning same-sex ceremonies on campus

    1. Christine Irvine
    2. Petition by

      Christine Irvine

      Chicago, IL

We call on Loyola University Chicago to end the discriminatory policy banning same sex ceremonies on campus.

As a recent transfer student, I spent my first week on campus enamored by all Loyola has to offer. I was particularly impressed with its expressed commitment to social justice rooted in the Jesuit tradition. I felt proud of my new home and excited about the next two years.

That same week, my fiance and I started to plan our wedding. Mary and I have been Edgewater residents for over two years and imagine celebrating our commitment with loved ones in the neighborhood, overlooking Lake Michigan. We were thrilled by the prospect of holding our ceremony at Loyola.

When I called to set up an appointment, I was told that Loyola doesn’t allow same sex ceremonies on campus and I was heartbroken. Because of our sexual orientation, because we are gay, we are banned from celebrating one of the most meaningful days of our lives on Loyola's campus.

The University boasts “unique and elegant venues... to make your once in a lifetime event truly memorable,” but not for same-sex couples -- not only in the Madonna Della Strada chapel, but in any of Loyola’s event spaces. By denying same-sex couples the privilege of celebrating our love and commitment on campus, the University communicates that the relationships of our heterosexual peers are more highly valued, accepted, and celebrated than our own. Policies such as these do nothing but harm the lgbtq community. 

Loyola claims to embrace social justice and attempts to be a “home for all our students -  embracing all races, sexes, gender identities, religions, ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, and abilities.”

We call on Loyola University Chicago to live up to these values and create a home for all, regardless of sexual orientation, by ending the discriminatory policy banning same sex ceremonies on campus.

To:
Richard J. Klarchek, Chair, Loyola University Chicago Council of Regents
Mr. Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., Chair, Loyola University Chicago Board of Trustees
Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., Loyola University Chicago President
We call on Loyola University Chicago to live up to our Jesuit values and create a home for all, regardless of sexual orientation, by ending the discriminatory policy banning same sex ceremonies on campus.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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      Christine Irvine
      Petition Organizer

      I have asked for a copy of the written policy from Conference Services and I have yet to receive a response.

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    • Karen Ginn MONTGOMERY, IL
      • 7 months ago

      Because some of the kindest, most generous & loving people I know are lesbian or gay. That is all I need to know.

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    • Charlene Wrobel CHICAGO, IL
      • 7 months ago

      Why deny people a chance at happiness?

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    • Caryn Blanton CHICAGO, IL
      • 7 months ago

      As a very recent graduate of Loyola's MSW program, and co-founder of the School of Social Work's LGBTQIA Student Committee, I am deeply saddened to hear about this, but unfortunately not surprised. I came to Loyola, despite it's religious affiliation because I did believe in the openness of the Jesuit tradition, and felt very moved by the idea that it was a religiously affiliated university that was inclusive of all. I really have a hard time believing, especially with same sex marriage now being recognized by the State of IL, that a decision would be made to exclude same sex partners from marrying on campus. Providing space for receptions without the ability to marry on campus is obviously motivated by money rather than support, and it's actually quite insulting. I hope you will rethink your decision because it affects many of your students, faculty, alumi and challenges your overall status as a "progressive" university.

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    • Amanda Besinger CHICAGO, IL
      • 7 months ago

      As a current Loyola Graduate student, I am deeply saddened, appalled, and angered by this policy. Several of my greatest friendships made at this very university have been with members of the LGBTQ community. Moreover, as a social work student, this policy goes against much of the great teachings I have learned under Loyola's leadership. Please respect the many LGBTQA students who support this institution. Change this hateful, discriminatory policy to reflect the Jesuit tradition of standing at the front lines of the fight against injustice.

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    • Johanna Budzilowicz BROOKLYN, NY
      • 7 months ago

      Equality

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