BLOOMINGTON — Illinois State University President Larry Dietz and the editor of ISU’s alumni magazine on Thursday apologized for an anti-LGBTQ letter to the editor that was published this month.
WGLT-FM reported that the letter was in response to a photo of a lesbian couple with the headline “Redbird Romance.” The NPR station said that the writer was “disgusted” by the photo.
“God’s design for marriage is between one man and one woman. Anything else is an abomination to the Lord,” the letter, written by 1985 alum Linda Jackson, said. The radio station said that the magazine also posted a note about ISU’s diversity mission with the letter.
Dietz apologized in a letter sent to the campus. “We can always do better and we will. I do not, however, want a misstep to undermine all of the good work our faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, and other supporters have done and continue to do in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and respect. We will continue to embrace our values and work to live up to them,” the letter stated.
ISU Director of Media Relations Eric Jome told WGLT that the university has started reviewing its editorial policies in response to the incident.
“There’s been some discussions at the higher level of university administration about reexamining these kinds of procedures,” Jome said. “I think certainly, going forward there will be more eyes on it.”