Texas House budget requires public colleges to advocate heterosexuality
The Texas House approved a budget Sunday that includes a provision requires public colleges and universities with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) resource centers to spend an equal amount of state funds promoting “family and traditional values.”
Republican Rep. Wayne Christian’s budget amendment was approved 110 to 24 by the Texas House late Friday, The Dallas Morning News reported. The budget bill is headed to the state Senate after the House passed it on Sunday.
Christian defended his provision, saying it does not take away public colleges and universities’ right to teach about alternative sexual behavior. According to his amendment, the colleges and universities would have to match every dollar spent on LGBT resource centers with advocating heterosexual, “traditional values.”
“If they’re going to pay for one, they need to balance it with the other,” Christian said.
A budget amendment proposed by Democratic Rep. Garnet Coleman that would have required school districts to report incidents of harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity was defeated by a 97 to 49 vote.