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State senators try to halt gender-neutral housing at UNC

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RALEIGH (AP) -- A group of state senators wants to invalidate a policy allowing students of the opposite gender to share suites and apartments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill starting this fall.

The group filed a bill Tuesday prohibiting the practice unless the students are siblings or hold a valid marriage license. UNC's Board of Trustees adopted optional "gender-neutral'' housing last year in part to help gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender students who experience harassment or bullying.

Sen. David Curtis of Lincoln County argues the policy detracts from academics. He serves as primary sponsor of the bill along with Democratic Sen. Ben Clark of Raeford and Republican Sen. Chad Barefoot of Wake Forest.

Without legislative action, the policy takes effect this fall.

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