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Gallaudet official on leave after signing gay marriage petition

The chief diversity officer at Gallaudet University has been placed on paid leave after she signed a petition to put a gay marriage referendum on a ballot in Maryland.

"I want to inform the community that I have placed Dr. Angel McCaskill on paid administrative leave effective immediately," Galluadet President T. Alan Hurwitz said in a statement.

"It recently came to my attention that Dr. McCaskill has participated in a legislative initiative that some feel is inappropriate for an individual serving as Chief Diversity Officer, however, other individuals feel differently," the statement read.

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The referendum was placed on the ballot by opponents of same-sex marriage, MyFoxDC.com reports.  

McCaskill is a Maryland resident. The state is set to vote in November on whether to approve a law legalizing gay marriage.

She did not respond to MyFoxDC.com's request for a comment.

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