Notre Dame: Walkout of Mike Pence Speech Is Planned

This Sunday, vice president Mike Pence will return to his home state of Indiana to deliver the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. For the third time in several years, the school’s graduation ceremony will be plagued by controversy, as a group of students plans to walk out during Pence’s speech.

The students’ main grievance is that Pence’s supposedly “anti-LGBT” record as governor of Indiana is harmful to vulnerable members of the Notre Dame community. The group’s Facebook event indicates that around 70 students have signed up to take part in the walkout, and about 2,000 seniors will graduate from the university on Sunday.

This isn’t completely new territory for Notre Dame. In 2009, hundreds of graduating seniors planned an alternative ceremony when President Barack Obama was invited to deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree. And just last May, another couple hundred students objected to the university honoring then–vice president Joe Biden with the school’s Laetare Medal, awarded each year to a Catholic public servant for his service to the Church….continue reading

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