Traditional family values must have equal time on campus, House says

By Robert T. Garrett/Reporter rtgarrett@dallasnews.com | Bio

10:22 PM on Fri., Apr. 1, 2011

The Texas House approved a budget provision late Friday requiring state colleges and universities, if they use state funds to support “a gender and sexuality center,” to spend an equal amount on a center promoting “family and traditional values.”

While many members in the chamber cracked jokes and guffawed, the amendment’s author, Rep. Wayne Christian, said the University of Texas, Texas A&M and “some other schools” have centers promoting “alternative sexual practices.”

“I’m not treading on their rights to that, to teach alternative sexual behavior,” said Christian, R-Center (right). But he said they must match it, dollar for dollar, with advocating heterosexual, “traditional values.”

Christian’s amendment speaks of any center “for students focused on gay, lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, transsexual, transgender, gender questioning, or other gender identity issues.”

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, asked, “What is a pansexual?”

Christian said if Castro would go to UT’s or A&M’s gender and sexuality centers, “they would teach you.”

The vote on the amendment was 110-24.

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One thought on “Traditional family values must have equal time on campus, House says

  1. Even in trying not to be biased about this idea, I still can’t see how it makes sense. LGBTQ resource centers and advocacy groups on college campuses are about showing support and inclusion for people and groups that have been marginalized and discriminated against throughout history. Heterosexuals and those who maintain “traditional” values (whatever that really means) do not really need this kind of advocacy. Also, it’s not as if the queer support networks on campus are attacking heterosexuals or those traditional people named–they intend to support them just the same, from my experience. The type of group Christian seems to want to support is one that would likely have every intent to attack students whose “lifestyles” or sexualities don’t correspond with their beliefs. Btw, this may be a dumb question, but does the House vote listed mean it passed or not?

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