student expelled for being gay...
December 15, 2006 5:51pm CST
WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - The boyfriend of a Kentucky college student expelled for declaring his homosexuality on the Internet called Wednesday for a halt to $10 million in state funding for the private Baptist school. Zac Dreyer — who met the student, Jason Johnson, on MySpace.com about two months ago — said Johnson is doing well but is a bit surprised by the publicity his case has generated. Johnson was expelled from the University of the Cumberlands earlier this month after posting details of his dating life on the Web site. "Originally I was just appalled by the whole thing that happened," Dreyer said. "Right now I'm just happy to see all the support Jason is getting." Johnson is hoping to transfer to Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, where Dreyer also attends, Dreyer said. Dreyer was among some 50 protesters who rallied Wednesday morning at a park in Williamsburg over Johnson's expulsion. Johnson didn't attend the rally, which featured rainbow-colored gay pride flags and numerous signs, including one that read, "If God didn't create homosexuals, why do they exist?" The main speaker was state Sen. Ernesto Scorsone, D-Lexington, the only openly gay legislator in the state. Scorsone mocked a presentation by state Senate President David Williams a day earlier, in which Williams presented an oversized check from the state to the university for its planned $10 million pharmacy school. Williams has defended the school's decision to expel Johnson. "I wouldn't cash that check," Scorsone said Wednesday. Johnson and others argue that a private school that bans openly gay students should not receive funding from the state. wtf? this is discrimination!!!