As an alumnus of Millikin University, I am proud of the fact that I attended a school that embraces diversity, equality, and acceptance amongst ages, genders, races, sexual orientations, and religions. After graduating, I read the Millikin Quarterly to read on how my fellow alumni were doing. I posted announcements in there when I got married to my wife, also a Millkin Alumnus, and when my daughter was born.
However, recently, it was brought to my (and many other alumni) attention that instead of posting same sex marriages in the marriage section, they are posting those marriages in the class notes section, citing the reason that same sex marriages are not recognized nationally. This stance of "separate but equal" goes completely against what I thought the philosophy of the school was, and the part of Millikin's mission statement "[preparing students for] a rich life of personal meaning and value". Placing LGBT alumni's proud achievement of marriage in a separate section belittles not only their beliefs but also their lifestyle, and goes completely against that. Please sign to help Millikin and the Millikin Quarterly change its stance on this issue.
Editor Deb Kirchner posted this update:
"Thanks for the online comments and emails responding regarding how news of same-sex unions is presented in the pages of Millikin Quarterly magazine. Alumni are demonstrating the values they learned Millikin University, as the Quarterly Editor, I am listening. Three possibilities are emerging as the most common suggestions:
1) use the heading Weddings for all unions of any type
2) group all wedding news under a heading of Marriages/Civil Unions or
3) group all types of alumni news under the appropriate class year with no separate Marriages or Births/Adoptions sections.
Vote for your preference and/or make additional comments at http://surveys.millikin.edu:8081/survey/entry.jsp?id=1344521434379
Or feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The majority vote will determine how the news is presented in the Quarterly, beginning with the fall issue, which is mailed in October. Voting ends at midnight, Wednesday, Aug. 15."
In addition to signing this petition, please fill out the survey and let your voice be heard!