COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - Senators are debating whether to punish two South Carolina universities for assigning gay-themed books to freshmen.
The Senate refused Wednesday to kill the amendment. Debate continues on whether to adopt the $70,000 in cuts.
Democratic Sen. Brad Hutto says the 17-28 vote means a bunch of old guys are offended by homosexuality.
The House's budget plan cuts $17,142 from the University of South Carolina Upstate and $52,000 from the College of Charleston for their book selections. Supporters call the book "Fun Home" assigned in Charleston pornographic.
Majority Leader Harvey Peeler says the small amounts represent legislative frowns.
Senate President Pro Tem John Courson argued any further cut is too much following years of dwindling financial support to public colleges. He also says the Legislature shouldn't micromanage or censor universities' curriculum.