The Texas A&M University Student Senate has approved a proposal that would allow students to opt out of funding its LGBT centre with their activity fees because of religious objections.
It was previously called the ‘GLBT Funding Opt Out Bill,’ but was changed at the last minute to the “Religious Funding Exemption Bill,” with specific references to the centre removed.
The students will be able to save about $2 if they refuse to pay.
However, they would not be able to withhold money from other college groups.
The debate polarised the traditionally conservative university, which in the 2012 instalment of Princeton Review’s ‘LGBT-unfriendly’ list topped other Texas schools and was ranked as the seventh least-friendly public university nationwide.
The measure comes as conservative Texas lawmakers try to remove funding for LGBT student resource centres in order to protect against “risky sexual behaviour.”