A small independent Catholic college in Escondido, Calif., has joined the opponents of a state law that would ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students by depriving colleges of state and federal student-aid funds. The president of John Paul the Great University, Derry Connolly, said the bill would prevent some students from enrolling and the college from having policies in line with Catholic teaching and could force Catholic colleges to host same-sex weddings in campus chapels. The measure, known as S.B. 1146, has passed the state Senate Judiciary Committee and is expected to come before the entire legislature in August. It is intended to block state financial assistance, known as Cal Grants, and federal aid in the form of Pell Grants to colleges and universities the state says are discriminating against L.G.B.T. students.
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