03/11/2014 09:27 am ET Updated Mar 11, 2014

South Carolina House Keeps Penalties On Colleges That Assigned Gay-Themed Books

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The South Carolina House of Representatives rejected attempts on Thursday to restore funds in next year’s budget for two campuses that were penalized for choosing gay-themed books as common reading assignments, The State, a newspaper in Columbia, S.C., reported. The House budget committee had stripped $52,000 from the College of Charleston and $17,000 from the University of South Carolina-Upstate for choosing books that lawmakers said did not reflect the community standards of state taxpayers.

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