University of Colorado delays vote on nondiscrimination policy

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com February 16 2001 12:00 AM ET

The University of Colorado regents decided Wednesday to wait until at least April before voting on a measure to include sexual orientation in the school’s nondiscrimination policy. The move came following an outcry by religious conservatives about the proposed change in policy. The regents will hear additional public testimony on the measure before voting on it. In deciding to postpone the vote, the regents seemed divided over the measure. “I don’t believe sexual orientation is a representative class that needs protection,” regent Norwood Robb said. “I can think of five or six groups you could add to that list, and then it becomes an alphabet soup of protected status.” However, regent Jim Martin said, “If this were a perfect world and we were a perfect university, we wouldn’t need this. But human nature shows us there is a bias.”