A&M and homosexuality
The shadow of freedom (1976-1984)
Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 22:07
But when applied to the GSS this reasoning treads water. First, Koldus' official rejection letter only mentioned the GSS' homosexual bent, saying nothing about "social groups." Second, while the first draft of the GSS' application had included a social aspect, the submitted version, per Dr. Adair's guidance, referred to the GSS as a service organization. By 1981 — three years before the case was resolved — the University had approved 21 such "service organizations." Two are of particular interest. First, the Women's Awareness Group, which "discuss[ed] women's role in society and… how women's rights relate to life." Second, the MSC Black Awareness Group, which "promote[d] a better understanding of the heritage and culture of Black Americans…"
GSS' description – to inform students that "… gay people live and function primarily the same as anyone else with the exception that their choice of romantic partner is one of the same gender" – was certainly in that vein.
Last — and by now beating the proverbial dead horse — the court noted "recognition was denied before GSS ever had the opportunity to function as the service-type group it sought to become."
Case, as it were, closed — with A&M on the wrong side of history. Gay Students Services v. Texas A&M University set a national precedent by removing all legal restrictions for gay organizations on college campuses.