Aggie Gay Group Wins Battle Over "Opt-Out" Funding

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We told you late last month about how conservative Aggies (All together now: "ARE THERE ANY OTHER KIND?!?!") were pushing through a bill that would have allowed Texas A&M students to opt out of paying that portion of their student fees that went to funding the school's gay-support center.

Because some goshdurn Ags don't want any of their hard-earned dollars winding up in the jockstraps of male strippers, right?

Actually, the students proposing the change based it on religious belief, saying if their church was bigoted did the tiresome old "hate the sin, love the sinner" dance, then they should be allowed to decide not to fund gay groups.

We're happy to report that common sense ruled in Aggieland.

Aggie student body President John L. Claybrook vetoed the bill. A similar piece of legislation introduced in the state legislature was withdrawn at about the same time.

The national Human Rights Campaign praised Claybrook's action.

"Discrimination has no place in our country and certainly not in an institution of higher learning," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "Even in a conservative state like Texas, people understand the message we send to youth should be welcoming and affirming, not exclusionary."

"At a time in life when many are finding themselves, we need to do more to create an atmosphere of inclusion, not weaken the institutions that make a real difference in people's lives," said HRC Youth & Campus Program Director Sultan Shakir.

The ball is now in the conservatives' court, as they try tp figure out a way to keep dragging this issue up again.

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