PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The provost of Providence College says the Roman Catholic school has rescheduled a talk by a nationally-known proponent of gay marriage.

Last Saturday, Provost Hugh Lena announced that an appearance by Wayne State University professor John Corvino scheduled for Thursday was canceled. The move prompted concerns about academic freedom from students and faculty members.

But on Wednesday, Lena said in a school-wide email that Corvino had agreed to appear at the school opposite Sherif Girgis, a Ph. D student in philosophy at Princeton. Girgis is a well-known opponent of gay marriage.

Lena said the event will likely be held during the spring semester.

Lena said he shouldn't have announced Corvino's appearance was cancelled, because the school's intent was to postpone it until it could book someone of national repute to present opposing arguments to Corvino's.

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