Bill Would Limit Public University Control Over Groups

(Nashville, TN) A new bill passed by the Tennessee House of Representatives would limit the power public colleges have over student groups.

If it becomes law, the bill would not allow universities to impose non-discrimination policies on them, like forcing Christian groups to accept nonbelievers or gays.

Junior Dominique Tyson is in favor of the bill, “It really doesn’t make sense if you want to join a christian fraternity and you’re an atheist. It would just be causing conflict, like a conflict of interest.”

This isn’t the first time a bill like this made it through the Tennessee legislature.

Last year, a similar bill was vetoed by Governor Bill Haslam because it contained all higher education schools, including private schools.

The new bill includes only board of regent schools, like the University of Memphis.

Private schools like Rhodes College and Christian brothers university are not included in the bill.

Senior Shatarra Barnum has problems with the legislation, believing schools should be allowed to impose non-discrimination policies,  “Well I’m torn, because on one hand I think sororities should let anybody in and they do and I think they should not discriminate when it comes down to Christians, no. I don’t think they should discriminate. I think they should do as much as they can to draw people to God.”

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