If You Can’t Join ‘Em, Beat ‘Em?

by Jose Medina

So that’s what he meant by “equal.”

Remember earlier in the Texas Legislative session when state Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, offered a budget amendment that required state colleges and universities that fund campus gender and sexuality centers (which on the University of Texas and Texas A&M campuses serve women and LGBTQA communities) to spend an equal amount of funding on centers for family and traditional values (whatever those are)? Rep. Christian claimed he wasn’t trying to limit a university’s right to have gender and sexuality centers. Here’s what he told the Texas Independent:

“I know its being posted as I am against, against, against these centers. No, I am just concerned that the full scope of our student society should be represented at our institutions of learning. My bill did not say ‘don’t do anything’ it just said ‘add to it’ in order to get the full scope of the traditional lifestyle. I understand how it is being taken, but it’s not doing away with anything, it’s just saying ‘add things.’”

Yeah, about that.

Looks like all that fairness and balance was lost on Rep. Christian when just before a recent House vote on a critical budget bill, he filed another amendment that would outright nix gender and sexuality centers, thus revealing his true intent. The amendment stated:

It is the intent of the Legislature that an institution of higher education shall not use any amount of appropriated funds and or state property, facility and or building to support a gender and sexuality center or other center for students focused on gay, lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, transsexual, transgender, gender questioning, or other gender identity issues.

Translation: No matter how you fund them — public or private — gender and sexuality centers are not allowed on any state campus or in any other state-owned building or on state-owned property. Period. Your campus could have a thousand family and traditional values centers, but you’re still not getting a single gender and sexuality center. So just as on another controversial “culture war” issue recently, Rep. Christian let the truth finally slip out.

Rep. Christian’s amendment barring gender and sexuality centers from state buildings never made it to the House floor as Republicans took down a number of controversial amendments in order to get vital fiscal matters legislation moving in the final days of the session.

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