University of North Texas Senate : No Gays on homecoming court
A vote conducted at the University of Texas has determined that the homecoming court is to be comprised of "one man, one woman".
The vote came after parents and alumni contributors threatened to pull funds and enrolled students if it were determined that a gay couple could be part of the homecoming court. This is in violation of the university's student regulations format. The student senate of UNT conducted the vote and released the results in a press release.
For now, UNT’s Homecoming Court will retain its traditional heterosexual structure as a result of last night’s Student Senate meeting.
The senate voted against a bill to amend the Student Government Association’s bylaws to allow same-sex couples to run for positions on the Homecoming Court.
School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management senator Christopher Passafiume, author of the bill, answered questions about the legislation and promoted it during the discussion.
“All I’m asking for is the acknowledgement of all types of couples,” he said.
The bill generated considerable controversy among students, parents, and alumni.
After the bill was introduced last week, the SGA office received numerous phone calls and e-mails from people threatening to withdraw their support and their students, SGA president Dakota Carter said.
Carter and student senate speaker Drew Robertson reminded the senators several times to speak civilly.
Carter also said the bill would not ultimately have a great impact if passed.
“Homecoming is a popularity contest,” Carter said. “It’s not going to change the world.”
The senate spent an hour in question-and-answer sessions and discussion.
Numerous senators voiced their concerns that the bill would not represent the majority of their constituents.
Others argued that the bill would bring necessary equality and diversity to the Homecoming Court.
Several senators also voiced concerns that passing the bill might cause people to boycott Homecoming events.
Several freshman interns spoke about an informal poll they conducted of 200 students.
They said the results were generally negative, though some senators questioned the methods used.
Five senators voted for the bill, 10 voted against it, and eight abstained.
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