Kevin Calvey: Homophobic Opportunist
A group of young Americans traveling across the country to draw awareness to colleges that exclude gays and lesbians has wrapped up two days at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.
It was the sixth stop for the Equality Ride. Unlike visits to three other campuses there were no problems at Oklahoma Baptist.
But while the riders were making inroads with students at the university, in Oklahoma City the state school board was overturning a policy protecting gay students from discrimination from teachers.
The previous policy stated that teachers could not "deny benefits to any student" or "grant any advantage to any student" based on sexual orientation. The new policy reads, "the teacher shall comply with all federal and state anti-discrimination laws." Federal and state laws do not protect students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Just before the vote state Rep.Kevin Calvey (R-Del City) issued a statement saying the recent Equality Ride action at Oral Roberts University in which nine Riders and community members were arrested for trespassing was proof the regulation needed to be changed.
Calvey suggested the policy reversal would "protect" students from LGBT activist groups meeting on public elementary and secondary school grounds.