A Kentucky state
senator took exception with an item in the proposed
state budget that includes funding for a building at the
University of the Cumberlands, where a student was
expelled last week after writing about his boyfriend
on his MySpace.com profile.
The $18.1 billion two-year budget includes $10
million of state debt to build a pharmacy building on
the school's Whitley County campus. The budget also
includes $1 million to fund scholarships for students
attending the college's yet-to-be-created pharmacy program.
"We should not be budgeting bigotry," Sen.
Ernesto Scorsone, a Democrat from Lexington, told
colleagues before the budget passed unanimously in
Frankfort. Scorsone is the only openly gay member of the
"If the University of the Cumberlands does not
change its policies and practices, we will have a
state benefit that is only available to
heterosexuals," Scorsone said.
Republican senate president David Williams of
Burkesville, who pushed for the funding, said he
didn't know the facts of the specific case involving
the student, so he didn't know whether it could affect
funding for the school. (AP)