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SC Lawmakers Upset With University's Gay-Themed Programs

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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.
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