Face Off

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Oct 122008
 
Authors: Kate Bennis

Recently, the CSU System Board of Governors instituted a new policy that allows CSU to provide benefits for the partners of employees involved in a same-sex relationship.

The Collegian set out to see how students on our campus felt about the decision and to find out if they felt the state and federal government should weigh in on the issue.

Katy Davies, a sophomore biology major, was kind enough to chat with us for a few moments to let us know why she thinks the BOG made a wise choice.

Katy Davies

sophomore, biology major

Q: Do you agree with the CSU Board of Governors’ decision to extend benefits to same sex couples?

A: Yes. I believe that all people should be considered/treated equally. If the university were to deny benefits to same sex couples, it would be discrimination.

Q: Do you think the state of Colorado or the federal government should follow suit?

A: Yes. It’s a state university and should go along with what the state does, and vice versa.

Q: Do you support the idea of civil unions for same-sex couples?

A: I do. Denying anyone their basic rights in this country is wrong. I support civil unions as a step towards marriage.

Q: How about gay marriage?

A: I think this country was founded on freedom and prohibiting people from this is a violation of freedom to marry. It’s a tricky situation and there’s always going to be two sides to it, people who agree and disagree. But that’s freedom of thought.

Kelly Carnal, a sophomore nutrition and food science major, gave us a few moments of her time to give us the scoop on why she does not disagree with the decision of the BOG, but feels that on a state or federal level it would be a bad move.

Q: Do you agree with the CSU Board of Governors’ decision to extend benefits to same sex couples?

A: Yes. It’s their decision to do that. On a college campus it’s hard to decipher whereas on a federal level, it’s easier to say no.

Q: Do you think the state of Colorado or the federal government should follow suit?

A: No. I think that it goes against what our state constitution says, but it’s not the biggest issue right now in our country.

Q: Do you support the idea of civil unions for same-sex couples?

A: Civil unions, yes. Marriage, no. It should be left up to the state government instead of the federal government. I personally don’t believe in it because it goes against the traditional constitution. As a Republican, I believe in less government as opposed to more, and working for this at a federal level would be more.

Q: How about gay marriage?

A: No. Honestly, it’s probably the last thing on my mind with the economy the way it is, and I don’t think about it enough to have an acute passion, with so many other issues to worry about right now.

Staff writer Kate Bennis can be reached at letters@collegian.com.

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