SC Lawmakers Upset With University's Gay-Themed Programs - WSPA.com

SC Lawmakers Upset With University's Gay-Themed Programs

Posted: Updated:
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. - South Carolina lawmakers are once again looking critically at University of South Carolina Upstate for gay themed programs on campus.

Several SC Senators voted against USC Trustees up for re-election last week.

USC Upstate has now cancelled the presentation "How to become a lesbian in 10 days or less." It is part of a symposium scheduled for this week on LGBT issues.

Administrators said it had become a distraction, mainly because it was misunderstood.

"It was a performance art piece that was really all about a message of tolerance," Dr. John Masterson, a vice chancellor, said.

Masterson said he'd like to invite lawmakers to the campus to see that there are programs for a variety of viewpoints.

"This is a university and if we're going to broaden minds we have to welcome any and all point of view," he said.

The SC House already voted to cut $17,000 from USC Upstate because of the assignment of required reading of a book with gay themes.

Sen. Mike Fair, (R) Greenville, disagrees with the promotion of gay behavior.

"I don't serve that population well by saying what you're doing is normal, it's healthy. It is not," Fair said.

Sen. Lee Bright, (R) Spartanburg, said that the university system needs to be held accountable.

"Its part of an agenda that's more about indoctrination than education and it's concerning to a lot of folks in Spartanburg and really around the state," Bright said.

He said he planned to introduce amendments to the state budget to make further cuts to USC Upstate.
  • Most Viewed Stories on WSPA.com

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • GA Man Leads Anderson Co. Deputies On Chase

    GA Man Leads Anderson Co. Deputies On Chase

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:12 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:12:33 GMT
    Nicholas Jose SisnerosNicholas Jose Sisneros
    A Georgia man is under arrest after deputies say he led them on a chase by car and foot in Anderson County. Nicholas Jose Sisneros, 26, is charged with failure to stop for blue lights and open container by the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.
    A Georgia man is under arrest after deputies say he led them on a chase by car and foot in Anderson County. Nicholas Jose Sisneros, 26, is charged with failure to stop for blue lights and open container by the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.
  • Greenville Zoo Giraffe Autumn Delivers Stillborn Calf

    Greenville Zoo Giraffe Autumn Delivers Stillborn Calf

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:49:45 GMT
    FacebookFacebook
    Sad news from the Greenville Zoo. Autumn the giraffe delivered a stillborn calf at the Greenville Zoo early Wednesday morning.
    Sad news from the Greenville Zoo. Autumn the giraffe delivered a stillborn calf at the Greenville Zoo early Wednesday morning. Zoo officials announced Autumn is doing well after the delivery at 3:25 a.m. She will remain off the exhibit Wednesday so zoo staff can closely observe her.
  • Active Shooter Training In Rutherford Co. Wednesday

    Active Shooter Training In Rutherford Co. Wednesday

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:25 AM EDT2014-08-20 09:25:06 GMT
    Officers are taking part in active shooter training scenarios around E. Rutherford Middle School.Officers are taking part in active shooter training scenarios around E. Rutherford Middle School.
    Law enforcement, emergency responders, and Rutherford County School staff will be training for an active shooter situation on Wednesday.Over 400 teachers and staff will be placed inside East Rutherford Middle and High School.The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, EMS, fire, police, 911, and medical helicopters from Mission and Spartanburg Regional Medical Center will be performing in the exercise.
    Law enforcement, emergency responders, and Rutherford County School staff will be training for an active shooter situation on Wednesday.Over 400 teachers and staff will be placed inside East Rutherford Middle and High School.The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, EMS, fire, police, 911, and medical helicopters from Mission and Spartanburg Regional Medical Center will be performing in the exercise.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.