Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

As Uproar Fades, Seton Hall Students Meet to Study Gay Marriage

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

As Uproar Fades, Seton Hall Students Meet to Study Gay Marriage

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. * It is the class that wasn't supposed to happen.

In a basement classroom at Seton Hall University here, 24 undergraduates meet twice a week for a course known as "Special Topics in Political Theory: Gay Marriage."

Most of the tension that surrounded' the first few weeks of class has disappeared. The security guard who stood outside the door the first week is gone. The death threats against the professor have died down.

"A couple of students said they are not going to tell their parents they are taking a class like this because they don't want the controversy," said W. King Mott, the associate professor teaching the course. "But it's a very lively class."

The three-credit course made headlines last spring when Newark Archbishop John J. Myers questioned whether a Catholic university should be teaching students about a topic the church opposes. "The course is not in sync with Catholic teaching," Myers said at the time.

Seton Hall's board of trustees, which includes Myers, convened a committee over the summer to look into the proposed course. Many on campus assumed the class would be canceled. …

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