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Students Show Unity, Class At 'Case Against Gay Marriage'

Controversial Events Like This Promote The Free Exchange Of Ideas That Characterizes A University

Published: Sunday, September 29, 2013

Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2013 22:09

Despite initially strong reactions against the event, “A Case Against Gay Marriage” ended up being a crucially important event on campus. By organizing so strongly in force against Anderson’s argument while remaining respectful, those students who opposed his opinion made their case all the more impressively. The questions asked of Anderson were well aimed and forced him to defend the more controversial parts of his argument.  It is encouraging to see students on campus engaging in these types of discussions on an issue about which they are passionate. The size and unity of the crowd clearly exemplified the student body’s ability to join and stand for a cause. Such passion and engagement is often the key to making lasting differences in communities or fighting for social justice, and displays like this reflect a student population ready and willing to fight for their beliefs. Although initially turned off by the outcry from students before his event, Anderson tweeted after the event that he was impressed by those in attendance, with good reason.

During a student’s time at BC, he or she is forced repeatedly and frequently to question his or her own beliefs on topics ranging from politics to faith to career choices. It is nearly impossible for a student to leave BC after four years without having their worldview modified by hearing new opinions or perspectives. Anderson’s event, though controversial, provided the perfect occasion for students to reexamine their own beliefs. For those who support same-sex marriage, hearing and opposing Anderson’s opinion may have solidified their position, making them more educated on the various arguments relating to the topic, and thus better able to respond in the future when their own views are questioned. Isn’t that the point of a university?

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