Texas A&M University Approved a Measure to Allow Students to Deny Funding to Campus LGBT Groups for Religious Objections
Texas A&M University’s Student Senate approved a measure to allow students to deny funding to campus LGBT groups if they have religious objections. Meanwhile, the Texas House of Representatives is currently considering a proposal to defund all LGBT campus resource centers.
The hearing and subsequent vote on the measure at A&M was an emotionally charged event, as reported by the Dallas Voice:
Less than 24 hours before the vote, the name of the bill was changed from the “GLBT Funding Opt Out Bill” to the “The Religious Funding Exemption Bill,” and specific references to the GLBT Resource Center were removed. However, opponents of the bill who packed a Student Senate meeting before the vote Wednesday said the name change did not alter the bill’s discriminatory, anti-gay intent.