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University Students Protest Gay Literature Course

April 12, 1995

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ Religious student groups are protesting a new gay literature course at the state university, arguing that it violates their traditional values and promotes homosexuality.

Eliezer Sepulveda, the spokesman for student protesters at the Cayey Campus of the University of Puerto Rico, said this week that they worried the course ``shows only a pro-gay point of view″ and eventually could become required for obtaining a degree.

``Gay and Lesbian Narratives″ is being offered next semester in the English Department.

The Puerto Rican Association of University Professors on Tuesday approved a resolution defending the course, arguing it will help expand students’ cultural horizons.

Spokesman Professor Rafael Bernabe said gay literature classes, like courses in black and feminist literature, strive to bring to light the work of groups previously condemned to obscurity.

Opposition to the course ``constitutes a threat to the civil rights of homosexuals,″ he said.

Roman Catholic Cardinal Luis Aponte Martinez, the U.S. commonwealth’s top Catholic leader, did not object to the course but urged the university to create a religious literature course as well.

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