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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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4 Comments

  1. Donald
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    From what Wayne Christian says and does he brands himself a dispicable human being disguised as a Christian. He appears to be so blatently homophobic it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in his sheet and torch on the lawn in the middle of the night. Unfortunately he is a leadership symbol for the Religious Right and appears to speak their collective ignorance and prejudice. Further evidence of this cat-out-of-the bag talent was his recent cantation on the necessary qualities and beliefs of up coming GOP candidates and why they must have approval of the RR. One of the main tests is that they must vow belief in the 1700 year old Nicerian Creed whose collective tenents are ridiculous in present day knowledge. In fact, as a Republican for over 60 years any prospect who touted those beliefs as election fodder immediatelywould be unacceptable by me. But not the current crop of Republicans who have lost theuir manhood to the RR. All these bums like WC think about is creating a theocracy with its focus on ANTI–abortion, stem cell research, evolution, gender equality, science education, modern religious education, sex education, contraception, etc etc. And the sad part is that they have the votes and can’t wait to stick the knife in..kill eveerything sensible but preserve literaal Genesis at all costs.

  2. Gary Cooper, McAllen, Texas
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Pansexual??

    These characters would be funny if they weren’t actually making laws and stuff.

  3. Doc Bill
    Posted May 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    It’s too bad that Christian Christian is foisting his own sexual insecurities on the rest of us. But, that’s what bullies do.

  4. Charles
    Posted May 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    TFN said:

    “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.”

    Once again, the members of the Religious Right are caught lying. We have tons of those “controversial amendments” and bills in my legislature in a state other than Texas. They are so fruitcake and screwy in nature that action on nearly all of them has been either stopped permanently or deferred to die a quite death. It is as I have said. The election in November 2010 swept a bunch of right wing extremist loons into office. Fortunately for everyone, the generally sane editors of state and local newspapers have been giving these fruity and nutty proposals hell on the editorial pages of our newspapers. In my state, the few sensible and powerful Republican Party members still left apparently have taken these idiots into a room, chewed them out, reminded them they are not supposed to be clowns, and emphasized the fact that the state house is not marked: “Ringling Brothers, Barnum, and Bailey.”

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