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(Campus Reform) - A student at Southern Oregon University (SOU) was forced to suspend his campaign for a senate seat on his school’s student government after an opposing candidate filed a grievance against him for refusing to use gender-neutral pronouns.
“I would like to know why you should be able to take office despite your homophobic and transphobic comments on Facebook,” candidate Oneta Cantlon asked during an open forum with one of her opponents, Chase Gildea.
“Answer the fucking question!” some students in attendance shouted.
Gildea, although open to debate, refused to back down from his criticisms of gender-neutral bathrooms and pronouns, prompting Cantlon to file an official grievance against him, citing a violation of the student government’s commitment to inclusivity.
Consequently, the student government’s elections committee suspended Gildea’s campaign for one day pending further investigation. Gildea was later allowed to restart his campaign but the damage had already been done after he lost in the school’s election Friday.
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