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UNIVERSITY DROPS PLANS FOR GAY STUDENT CENTER

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Concerned that a gay student center would flout the state's anti-sodomy law, George Mason University abandoned the $15,000 project.

The state-funded university's board of visitors voted 6-5 Wednesday against hiring a part-time staffer to run the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Resource Center.Supporters of the center, who say hate crimes are increasing on campus, envisioned a room where gays would be safe from harassment and have access to resource material with homosexual themes.

Opponents said the center violated students' religious and personal beliefs and may be illegal.

Although Virginia's anti-sodomy law is on the books, it is rarely enforced.