Student takes a stand on Amendment 3

Bradly Gill
Arts & Entertainment Editor

   When the citizens of Arkansas decided to tackle the controversial topic of gay marriage, almost everyone had their opinions. People on both sides of the issue even met at the University of Arkansas-Monticello to debate in front of an audience.  

   One member of the audience was Brad Hill. After listening to the debate, Hill, a senior English major with a concentration in writing, took to the floor to voice his views.      

   “I just didn’t feel our case was being argued enough,” Hill said.

   Not only did Hill make his opposition to Amendment 3 known that night, he later went on to write an essay and a poem on the subject. After reading both in front of faculty and students, associate professor of English Robert Moore encouraged Hill to publish his work.         

   “When the civil rights of a significant number of people are being denied to them, in direct violation of the Constitution, it’s a time when all men and women of good will must make the stand for the rights of Man,” Moore said. “Brad Hill is making a stand of good conscience, a stand with great honor, courage, integrity and great heart. I support him 100 percent.”

   After Moore’s insistence, Hill submitted his work to the Little Rock Free Press, which quickly accepted the poem. Hill is widely known at UAM for his writing and ability to present his arguments in convincing and interesting ways.

   Professor of English Kate Stewart said, “Brad is fun to have in the classroom. He reads the material and brings a unique approach to it. He’s not bound to conventions.”

   Hill’s essay entitled “An Invisible Voice” details the debate and argues that the amendment had no place on the ballot in the first place.

   “I kept hope that the amendment wouldn’t pass. I don’t care how people marked their ballots. It’s not fair that people had a say in my life,” Hill said.

    The poem entitled “American Values” appeared in the February issue of the Little Rock Free Press. Meanwhile, Hill continues to write and edit for the Foliate Oak Online, UAM’s literary magazine.

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