Santorum Visits Tenn. College After Changing in Its LGBT Policies
The ultra-conservative presidential GOP candidate Rick Santorum recently visited Nashville’s Belmont University -- a year after a scandal rocked the school, causing it to change its nondiscrimination policies to include sexual orientation, the Tennessean reported.
Lisa Howe, who was the college’s soccer coach, was fired in December of 2010, after she told team members and staff that she and her partner were having a baby. After an outcry from students and suspicion that Howe had been fired because she is a lesbian, the university eventually added sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination policy.
Additionally, the Metropolitan Council, the legislative body of the consolidated city-county government of Nashville and Davidson County, passed a bill that prohibits contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The State Legislature, however, nullified the law because it would "hurt businesses by creating different standards in different places."
Howe and others have sued Tennessee in order to overturn the legislature’s decision.
Santorum, who has been vocal about his anti-gay views, dropped by Belmont’s Curb Event Center where more than 500 people were waiting for him. Not everyone was a Santorum supporter as he received boos from the audience when he mentioned the Tea Party "rising up." Nevertheless, the majority of the crowd backed the former Pennsylvania Senator.