Is it now controversial for a prof at a Catholic law school to defend marriage?

Michael Foust writes at Baptist Press: “Supporters of an effort to overturn Maine’s ‘gay marriage’ law launched their first television ad Tuesday and in it warned that if the law isn’t reversed, church organizations could lose their tax-exempt status and ‘gay marriage’ could be taught in public schools . . . Boston College law school professor Scott T. Fitzgibbon is featured prominently in the ad, warning about what could happen if ‘gay marriage’ remains legal . . . ”

The ad can be viewed at the Stand for Marriage Maine website.

Apparently, it has become controversial for professors at historically Catholic law schools to defend marriage.  Prof. Fitzgibbon’s involvement prompted Dean John Garvey of Boston College Law School to issue a memorandum yesterday.  In part, the memo states:

As I think any of our faculty might have done, he stated his views without prior notice to or clearance from the Law School. Please know that I recognize that this is an emotional and sensitive subject for many people. Several of you have contacted my office to express your anger at Scott’s actions, and it is hard for me to see any of our students, faculty, or staff offended or hurt by the words of others. We work hard to create a welcoming environment for everyone at Boston College, and we do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation . . .

As dean of the Law School and a lawyer, I also believe that one of the most important aspects of an education at a school like ours is the principle of academic freedom. We must be able to listen to others’ viewpoints, whether we agree or find them offensive, and engage in debate around issues as important as this one . . .

Professor Fitzgibbon, as a member of our faculty, is free to express his views.