The student government at Stanford University voted to rescind funding to a conservative student organization that was attempting to host an event in support of traditional marriage.
The event was deemed hateful by the Stanford Graduate Student Council.
The Stanford Anscombe Society had requested funding in order to host a conference geared toward the promotion of secular arguments in favor of traditional marriage. Anscombe asked for $600, according to The College Fix.
The request was denied by CSG, which labelled the event hateful.
During the meeting, at which Anscombe’s request was discussed, several students insisted that merely funding the event would increase the rate of suicide among LGBT students on campus. Others claimed that gay people would no longer feel welcome at Stanford if the event proceeded.
Brianne Huntsman, a student and employee of the LGBT center on campus, told Campus Reform that she did not object to the event taking place, but rather to the idea that the student government should fund it.
“I’m so glad that GSC chose not to fund this event-because it shows the grad community (and the larger Stanford community) that Stanford is a safe space filled with people who work hard to make sure it stays that way,” she said in a statement.
The student government initially approved the funds, but opted to rescind them after an outcry from LGBT campus members. Anscombe still plans to hold the vent by soliciting donations from outside groups.