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U of Colo. Employees vs. Antigay Coach

U of Colo. Employees vs. Antigay Coach


A coalition of University of Colorado employees has formed to oppose the rehiring of Bill McCartney as the school's head football coach, alleging McCartney is homophobic and sexist.

Despite leading the Buffaloes to a national championship in 1990, McCartney has drawn disapproval from some of the antigay stances he's taken behind the lectern and inside the locker room. Some 15 to 20 letters have been received voicing opposition to McCartney's hiring, reports the Boulder, Colo., Daily Camera.

In 1992, McCartney referred to homosexuality as "an abomination against almighty God" and was a vocal advocate of the state's Amendment 2, which specifically prohibited the creation of antidiscrimination laws to protect gays and was passed by voters but later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Those opposed to McCartney filling the newly vacant coaching position also cite his founding of a male Christian group called the Promise Keepers as a violation of a university policy that "coaches should not organize or conduct religious activities, including promotion of prayer or BIble readings by players or coaches." The policy was enacted in response to complaints about team prayers organized by McCartney.

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