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Kentucky governor
pressured to withhold funds from antigay school

Kentucky governor
pressured to withhold funds from antigay school

The University of the Cumberlands expelled Jason Johnson last week simply because he is gay.

Under growing pressure from Kentucky legislators to veto state funding for a university that expelled a student last week for being gay, Gov. Ernie Fletcher said Thursday he has not yet made a decision. Two state senators and a state representative are urging Fletcher to not appropriate $10 million for a proposed pharmacy school at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, where 20-year-old Jason Johnson was kicked out, The Lexington Herald-Leader reports. Pharmacy schools are prevented by national accreditation rules from discriminating against gay people. Democratic state senator Julian Carroll called that a "major obstacle," adding that he believes giving state money to a religious institution--the University of the Cumberlands is a Southern Baptist school--violates Kentucky's constitution. Democratic state senator Ernesto Scorsone, who is gay, and Democratic state representative Kathy Stein also oppose the $10 million grant. Fletcher has said he's concerned about increasing state debt through capital projects like the proposed pharmacy school. (The Advocate)

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