• Petitioned Millikin University and the Millikin Quarterly

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Millikin University and the Millikin Quarterly

Print same-sex marriages under "Marriages" in the Millikin Quarterly

    1. Spencer Lent
    2. Petition by

      Spencer Lent

      Chicago, IL

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August 2012

Victory

The petition inspired the Millikin Quarterly to have a survey posted, and 58% of people voted that the marriages section be renamed the "weddings" section, and ALL marriages will be under that section!

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.

UPDATE: 

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 dkirchner@millikin.edu. 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!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Update on progress

      Spencer Lent
      Petition Organizer

      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 dkirchner@millikin.edu. 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."

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Millikin Reader Survey Posted - Let your voice be heard on Questions 17-18!

      Spencer Lent
      Petition Organizer

      This was posted by editor Deb Kirchner:

      Although our staff takes joy in sharing the news of our alumni, I have unintentionally caused pain to several readers with our editorial policy of publishing news of same-sex unions in the general section of class notes instead of in the marriage section. The intent was to reflect the current national law, since the magazine is mailed nationwide and there is great disparity in how same-sex unions are viewed from state to state. I'm grateful that many alumni felt free to express their strong opinions on this subject through Facebook, email and other means. The fall issue is in production now, and before we go to print, I welcome your ideas for addressing this issue in light of the current inconsistency in state and federal laws. So we can stay on track for our printing deadline, please email me at dkirchner@millikin.edu by Aug. 15 or take the survey. You have a voice. Thank you for letting it be heard.

      Take the survey, let your voice be heard!

    5. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Luciana Tiberio CHICAGO, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      I think sums it up nicely... http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/6982/4bwch.jpg

      There's no argument in the Bible that should a.) be taken literally and b.) really makes any sense

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    • Chad Belcher BRAMPTON, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Same sex marriage is marriage. Love should not be exclusive to opposite sexes

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    • Crystal Riney SPRINGFIELD, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      Because it's the right thing to do. EQUALITY!!!

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    • Leslie Springer OSWEGO, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      Discrimination, hate, inequality...Millikin do not continue down this path. Support those who support you. I am a proud MU alum and support human rights!

      Class of 2002

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    • jessica riney SPRINGFIELD, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      I recently had a civil union with my partner (Crystal Riney) which I met, became friends with, and started dating while attending millikin university. I am a proud millikin alumni and would like to be treated with the same equality and recognition as all other committed couples. Openess, equality, and diversity are key components to the MU experience. So the question is why shouldn't the heading be changed to Marriage/Civil Unions? Class of 2006

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