South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has approved a state budgetary item requiring two state-funded colleges to teach about the nation’s founding documents – a requirement that’s basically a penalty for the schools having included LGBT-themed books on student reading lists.
Haley upheld the requirement Thursday while vetoing several other items in the budget, reports South Carolina newspaper The State. It mandates that the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate spend $52,000 and $17,000, respectively, on curricula regarding the U.S. Constitution and other founding documents, “including the study of and devotion to American institutions and ideals.”
Those amounts reflect the funds each school spent on LGBT-themed materials. Last year the College of Charleston had put lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s acclaimed graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic on its optional freshman reading list, and USC Upstate assigned gay poet and professor Ed Madden’s Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio as summer reading for its English 101 course.