Ben Sasse: The University of Florida Faculty Senate has passed a symbolic vote against electing Sen. Ben Sasse for president



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The University of Florida’s Faculty Senate passed a no-confidence motion Thursday in the selection process to nominate U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse as its next president, officials said.

The 67-15 vote came after Sasse, a Republican senator from Nebraska, became the only person being considered for the top job at one of Florida’s largest universities. His candidacy sparked controversy on campus in part after the US Supreme Court ruled in 2015 over his comments on LGBTQ+ rights. to guarantee same-sex marriage at the federal level.

When pressed about the comments at a campus forum earlier this month, Sasse said the decision was “the law of the land,” adding that it would not change anytime soon, The Independent Florida Alligator reported.

When asked about promoting diversity at the university, Sasse said, “I want them to figure out by listening to our community and our conversation, who doesn’t feel included and how we can address those issues and reduce those barriers,” she said. Alligator.

After the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on same-sex marriage, Sasse took the position that only one man and one woman should marry and start a family.

“The Supreme Court once again exceeded its Constitutional role by acting as a super-legislator and allowing the American people to set their own definition of marriage instead of letting voters in the states decide,” Sasse said in a June 2015 statement. official website of the government.

Thursday’s emergency meeting included a wide-ranging discussion of the presidential selection process, with calls for more clarity on the process. In the end, the faculty senate voted to accept the resolution of confidence.

It is a symbolic vote and will not affect the final vote of the UF Board of Trustees scheduled for November 1st. He said the university will abide by the rule of not allowing protests in campus buildings.

CNN reached out to Sasse’s office for comment.

Faculty Senate members also heard from three professors who served on the Board of Trustees’ selection committee that unanimously supported Sasse’s nomination.

Dr. Lisa Lundy, a professor in the School of Agricultural Education and Communication, served on the search committee and explained how Sasse became the only candidate when the other candidates decided they didn’t want to be publicly named except for one finalist.

“I think all the candidates were in positions that they thought could be dangerous if people saw that they were competing for another job,” Lundy said.

At least one participant asked if the LGBTQ+ community came up in interviews with Sasse.

Dr. David Bloom, another member of the selection committee, said that was the first question he asked Sasse.

According to Bloom, Sasse said he was “supporting his constituency in Nebraska, but he would support the faculty, staff and student body at UF if he were president.” Bloom added that she believed the answers were genuine.

After the debate, many expressed a desire for more transparency in the selection process, acknowledging that a new state law poses a challenge to the disclosure of applicants’ identities throughout the selection process.

Before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014, Sasse was president of Midland University, a Lutheran liberal arts school in Nebraska with an enrollment of about 1,600.

Earlier this month, a source told CNN that Sasse would resign by the end of the year to take a position at the Florida university.