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The celebration from last spring following the passage of SB 205?the Anti-Discrimination Act of 2001, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, employment and public accommodation?has become short-lived after the announcement that a coalition of conservative religious and political leaders garnered enough signatures to bring the bill to a state-wide referendum in 2002. Sadly, what was viewed as a step forward for the equal rights of gays will now revert to a tug-of-war battle between special interest groups on both sides of the political spectrum. Similar protections offered to other minority groups remain unavailable to individuals who identify themselves as homosexual or bisexual.
As the new first-years arrive this week and move in, signs are posted on dorm doors designating where each new member of the Georgetown community has moved from. Within hours of arrival, students meet others from competely different religious, economic and ethnic backgrounds. For some, it will be the first time that they have encountered anyone much different from themselves.
This story is the second in a series of cover stories on Jesuit identity. The first story appeared April 19, 2001, and focused on Daniel Berrigan, S.J.
The series profiles particular Jesuits who have devoted their lives to various social causes. The articles attempt to explore what it means to be Jesuit, Catholic and socially aware.
Last Thursday, with support from the Bush White House, Representatives in the House passed a bill granting legal protection to the human fetus by establishing new criminal penalties for anyone who injures or harms a fetus while committing another federal offense. The bill is known as the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.
Since 1963, there has not been a single execution of a federally-convicted death-row inmate. The scheduled execution of Timothy McVeigh on May 16 in Terre Haute, Ind., however, will break that streak. Without even addressing arguments for or against capital punishment, the administration of McVeigh’s sentence is generating an inordinate amount of controversy.
Father Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J. is leaving us. Unlike many of the high-level administrators who have departed recently or will be departing shortly, O’Donovan will be moving on to a quieter life. It’s no wonder he needs a rest, though, in his 12-year tenure, he has worked hard. It seems fitting to take a look back at what O’Donovan will leave behind from his administration.