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TAMU student body president vetoes "religious funding exemption" bill

John Claybrook (Source: Facebook) John Claybrook (Source: Facebook)
COLLEGE STATION, TX (KLTV) -

Texas A&M University student body president John Claybrook vetoed a bill Friday that was passed by the student senate earlier in the week. The bill would have allowed students to request that no portion of their tuition or fees be used to pay for the university's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Resource Center.

Student senators voted 35-28 in favor of the "Religious Funding Exception Bill." However, Claybrook chose to veto the bill, saying that it "has caused great harm to our reputation as a student body and to the students feeling disenfranchised by this bill."

In an open letter, Claybrook said that the good accomplished by the bill paled in comparison to the damage done to the university's reputation. 

According to the Texas A&M website, the GLBT resource center educates all the campus community on GLBT issues through programs about sexual orientation and gender identity, expression, advocacy, leadership, and visibility. 

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