Proposal to bar colleges from making nondiscrimination policies

Proposal to bar colleges from making nondiscrimination policies heads to governor

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NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to bar public universities and colleges from implementing nondiscrimination policies for student groups is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The measure unanimously passed the Senate 30-0 on Wednesday. It was approved in the House 75-21 earlier this month.

The legislation does not include private institutions like Vanderbilt University - a provision that caused Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to veto last year's version. The governor's office says it's OK with the current legislation.

Sponsors say the measure is aimed at preventing colleges from creating policies requiring student groups to open membership to all students and allow all members to seek leadership posts.

Christian groups have protested a similar policy at Vanderbilt, saying it forces them to allow nonbelievers and gay students to join. Officials say about 15 student groups have refused to comply with the policy, while 480 have accepted it.

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