Texas A&M Bill Threatens Funds for Gay Group
Student senate passes measure allowing students to opt out on religious grounds
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2013 2:21 PM CDT

(Newser) – If the Texas A&M student senate has its way, the university's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Resource Center could soon find itself lacking funds. The senate last night passed the Religious Funding Exemption Bill, which allows students to opt out of paying student fees that fund university services they disagree with on religious grounds, reports the Eagle. Up until 24 hours before the final vote, the measure had been called the GLBT Funding Opt Out Bill, but backers broadened it and took out specific references to GLBT services.

One opponent of the bill called it "a facade to deprive GLBT students of resources to create a safe environment," but the bill's co-author insisted the measure doesn't single anyone out. "If you think this is pointing someone out, it is a fabrication in your head that you have created on your own," he said. Students, most of them opposed to the bill, crowded the senate chamber and overflowed into the hallway during the emotional three-hour debate, which ended in a 35-28 vote. The student body president must now decide whether to sign or veto the bill; if he signs it, it will be forwarded to the university president and CFO, the system chancellor, and the regents.

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kawahchan
Apr 5, 2013 10:54 AM CDT
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: LOVE our Texas A&M University system !! There is NO assholes are welcomed on university campus, as far as we know, Barack Obama could not find his foothold on campus. All our professors are Baptists, Methodists. Our traditions, either Texas A&M University's Hong Kong students club use to invite Texas Woman University (TWU) to hold dancing party together. Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual are too boring to enroll Texas A&M system. We still want to invite the Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to visit Texas A&M University at College Station and Commerce, Texas campus to make a speech on "Islam and the Nuclear" to renew our ex-President Richard M. Nixon's US-Iran Policy.
mn789HJ
Apr 5, 2013 8:22 AM CDT
One should always have the ability to not pay for things they don't agree with. Now if we can start opting out of Federal Taxes for the same reasons. :-)
NoFun
Apr 4, 2013 6:14 PM CDT
I am sick of the religious being a special class of American. Whether it is uni, business or govt your money will be spent on things you don't agree with. Be an adult and accept this. You are not special and your morality is not superior to anyone else's. Is religion just forced immaturity?