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Love Wins

March 24, 2016

  • Back row, left to right: Brett Paschal, Susan Nunes, Susan Smith, Kathy FitzGibbon, and Jeff Leonard. Front row, left to right: Jessica Sweeney, Beth Szczepanski, Lance Inouye, and Sue McBerry.

Several faculty and staff members of the Music Department wore matching “Love Wins” t-shirts last month to support James W. Rogers Professor of Music Eleonora Beck’s fight to win Italian citizenship for her daughter.

Beck has Italian citizenship and is married to a woman here in Portland. They both have children and are recognized as parents in the U.S.—and they are pressing for the same rights in Italy.

“The solidarity that the music department is showing Nora is emblematic of Lewis & Clark’s ethos,” said Music Administrative Coordinator Jessica Sweeney.

Read Beck’s full story titled Portland couple at the center of Italian same-sex adoption dispute in The Oregonian.