Texas A&M has a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Resource Center, which has irritated the Christian right from the start. They’ve been trying to defund it, but have apparently now settled for just allowing religious students to withhold a portion of their student fees so they don’t have to pay for it:
The Texas A&M student senate late Wednesday passed a bill aimed at letting students opt out of funding the university’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Resource Center on religious grounds.
After three hours of tear-filled testimony and impassioned debate, the senate voted 35-28 to approve the measure to allow students to choose not to pay portions of their student fees to specific university services that conflict with their religious beliefs.
For weeks, the student-led bill had been aimed at defunding the Texas A&M GLBT center, but approximately 24 hours before the final vote,the “GLBT Funding Opt Out Bill” became “The Religious Funding Exemption Bill.” Its scope was broadened, and it did not specifically mention GLBT services.
If student fees go to support student groups on campus at all, this is the same old Christian privilege we’ve seen time and again. Why should religious students get a “special right” (you see what I did there?) to not have to pay to support something they disagree with? A portion of everyone’s student fees likely goes to fund a whole range of student groups, including Christian ones.