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Update: Tennessee Governor Will Veto Bill That Protects Religious Groups at Vanderbilt

TCF previously reported that the Tennessee legislature had passed a bill that would require Vanderbilt University to change its anti-bias policies. Currently, religious student groups at Vanderbilt are required to admit all students for membership and leadership positions–even ones who disagree with the beliefs of the group.

But Gov. Bill Haslam announced plans to veto the bill, meaning the current policy at Vanderbilt would remain in place. According to The Tennessean:

The veto of House Bill 3576/Senate Bill 3597 would be Haslam’s first since taking office in January 2011. Haslam said he disagrees with Vanderbilt’s policy personally but believes state lawmakers had overstepped by getting involved.

“It is counter-intuitive to make campus organizations open their membership and leadership positions to anyone and everyone, even when potential members philosophically disagree with the core values and beliefs of the organization,” Haslam said in a statement.

“Although I disagree with Vanderbilt’s policy, as someone who strongly believes in limited government, I think it is inappropriate for government to mandate the policies of a private institution.”

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