Odiase is one of two valedictorians at Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville, Tennessee.
Writer Rich Benjamin caused a kerfuffle in the blogosphere recently when he published the New York Times Op-Ed piece “Not Going To The Chapel.”
He writes that he will not attend the wedding of a close friend, because as a gay man, it is “utterly absurd to celebrate an institution that I am banned from in most of the country.”
Benjamin says that he’s not a gay activist but this was a personal stand he had to make. He has been both hailed as courageous and attacked for alienating those who would support gay marriage.