After her support for a petition to put a gay marriage law in Maryland up for a vote came to light recently, Dr. Angela McCaskill was put on paid administrative leave yesterday. But now McCaskill’s getting support from a surprising place: a pro-gay marriage group.

“We strongly disagree with the decision to put the chief diversity officer on leave and hope she is reinstated immediately,” says Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign manager Josh Levin in a press release.

In the announcement, Levin says that people are entitled to their own free speech about Question 6, the ballot question that could overturn the law.

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