RUSSELLVILLE, AR (KAIT/KARK) - An event called "Sex on the Lawn" at Arkansas Tech University has spurred debate in Russellville and at the state capitol in Little Rock, with a lawmaker and supporters of the event taking opposing views.
According to a story from Little Rock television station KARK, the 3rd annual event on Thursday is an all-inclusive sex education seminar sponsored by a campus LGBT organization. The group, SPECTRUM, is providing booths for people of different sexual orientations, gender identities, and disabilities.
Rep. Mary Bentley, R-Perryville questioned in a Facebook post about whether or not the event should be funded by taxpayers.
"This is a post from the Arkansas Tech Department of Diversity and Inclusion. As state legislators, we hold the 'purse strings' of the state's budget. Do you think this is an appropriate use of your tax dollars," KARK reported.
Junior Sydne Lorfing disagreed.
"I just wanted to be part of a group that supports the diversity and inclusion of different sexualities," Lorfing said. "Realizing that that is a thing that happens, that it is real."
However, Haskel Hicks, a father of an ATU graduate, said while there is a place for sex education on a college campus, he believes the event is pushing boundaries.
"Not that I think people don't have the right to be those things," Hicks said. "I just think that it shouldn't be that a state-sponsored organization like Arkansas Tech should be funding to do that. I'd like to see it [the event] pulled out of the diversity organization part of it because those matters are for everybody. It's not about diversity."
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