Texas A&M Student Body President John Claybrook today 'confidently' vetoed a very controversial measure approved yesterday by the student senate which allows Aggies to withhold the portion of their student activity fee which would go to the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Student Center, 1200 WOAI news reports.
"This has caused great harm to our reputation and to the students who feel disenfranchised by the bill," Claybrook wrote in his veto message.
The measure narrowly approved yesterday, as supporters said if the University really is serious about respecting 'diversity in religion,' it should also support the ways that students choose to express that religion. They say the 'Religious Funding Exemption Bill' would have allowed students who feel their faith, either Christian or otherwise, does not allow them to support gay causes not to be forced to do so.
Claybrook pointed out that there is an appeals process which students can use if they feel strongly that their activity fee money should not go to certain groups.
Opponents said the activity fee supports all sorts of causes that individual students may not agree with, but which help create a wide ranging series of activities and organization on campus.
Claybrook's veto is final.
"This damage must stop today," Claybrook wrote. "Texas A&M students represent our core value of respect exceptionally, and I am proud of the family at this university. Now, more than ever, is the time to show great resolve and come together, treating each other like the family that we are."