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Bob Hugin on Civil Rights

 

 


Regrets ban on women at 1970s Princeton eating clubs

When Hugin was a student at Princeton in the 1970s, he fought against efforts to allow women into all-male eating clubs, as president of one such club, the Tiger Inn.

Sally Frank was denied access and, in 1979, sued for women to be able to join. Even though the clubs eventually opened up to women, the case kept going until 1992 when two clubs, including the Tiger Inn, paid legal fees to the group representing Frank. Hugin, who was in his late 30s at that time, called Frank's efforts "politically correct fascism."

Hugin expressed regret for opposing those efforts and his comments from 1992. "If I could go back in time, I would not use those words," Hugin said. "It was a mistake and I take responsibility for that. Everyone evolves over time."

"The Tiger Inn becoming co-ed was a very positive development," Hugin said. "The decision to admit women back in the early '90s was without question the right thing to do. Personally, I wish I had taken a leadership role in making it happen sooner."

Source: The Hill on 2018 New Jersey Senate race , Jul 20, 2018

My kids taught me to be more tolerant of gays than in 1970s

Bob Menendez's campaign sent around a 1976 article published in the Central Jersey Home News where Bob Hugin, a senior at Princeton at the time, said that if a student was found to be gay, "he wouldn't last long." The decades-old story reported that Hugin led a campus petition to fight back against the university from broadening its anti-discrimination policy to include gay and lesbian students. He also called for a student referendum, arguing that "students as a whole should have a say on something so controversial as this."

Hugin said that he's evolved on this issue, largely citing his children's "insight on the issues of equality and fairness."

"I'm proud to say that my views are a lot different than they were 40 years ago," Hugin said. "Personal growth should be seen as a strength, and more elected officials should embrace and be open to discussing it in their public lives."

Source: The Hill on 2018 New Jersey Senate race , Jul 20, 2018

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