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The Final Exam For Seton Hall’s Gay Marriage Class: How Ever Did This Course Manage to Get Taught?

Seton Hall’s gay marriage class — the one that had Newark’s Catholic Archbishop John J. Myers (pictured, top) dry heaving — was not taken off the school’s course list as conservative administrators had hoped. Instead, “Special Topics in Political Theory: Gay Marriage” has been meeting twice a week as scheduled, with openly gay prof W. King Mott (pictured, below) leading his charges. And Jesus has yet to turn the quad into a place to slaughter thy first born.

After weeks of death threats and hate mail from Catholics around the country, the lunatics were evidently distracted by Democrats ruining the country and have managed to lay off a school they have no investment in.

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. But a few students still haven’t told their families they are taking Seton Hall’s most talked-about and controversial course. “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.”

[…] Students have read several books on the history of marriage and studied the gay marriage court case in California. They will end the semester by taking a final exam and writing an ethnography — a paper describing what it was like for them to take the controversial class. Mott hopes to have the student papers published. The course also has included guest lecturers, including a speaker who is in a gay marriage and an attorney who deals with legal issues related to same-sex unions. Hudson Taylor, an assistant wrestling coach at Columbia University and an activist for gay equality in college sports [Ed: And this guy], spoke to the class last month. The former All-American wrestler lectured about being a heterosexual athlete working in the gay rights movement. “It was a great experience to be able to sit down, to really get some insight and perspective on what these kids’ questions are,” Taylor said.

And if this doesn’t give the willies, I don’t know what will: THE CLASS IS RETURNING NEXT SEMESTER!! And according to university rules, if a special class like Homosexual Marriage is taught three times, it can be turned into a permanent class. What if it becomes a requirement! [New Jersey Star-Ledger]