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Wyoming Republicans divided by bill to defund state university's gender and women's studies program

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The Wyoming state Senate on Friday adopted an amendment to the state budget that would defund the University of Wyoming's Gender and Women's Studies department.

Senators voted 16-14 to pass the amendment, with nearly half of the Republican majority voting against. Supporters of defunding the gender and women's studies program said the department, which teaches "intersectional, interdisciplinary feminist and queer analysis" for advancing the cause of "social justice," is ideologically driven and politically biased.

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