After the State House of Representatives passed a resolution Monday, the legislative outcry against Sex Week became official.
The condemned now walk UT's campus.
Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga, sponsored House Joint Resolution 661, a bill that condemns Sex Week's organizers. After unanimous approval in the House Education Committee and despite the UT administration's attempts to discuss the bill in the Senate Education Committee, the House passed the resolution by a vote of 69-17.
Originally, the language of the bill condemned administrators, but an amendment in the House Education Committee changed that wording to read "organizers."
In a phone interview Monday afternoon, Floyd admitted that the nonbinding resolution might not have direct ramifications. When asked if the condemned students would be eternally barred from participating in the Tennessee legislature, he said he did not know if it would have that effect.
"I just want to send a message," he said.
The message, however, did not seem to faze Sex Week's co-founders, Briana Rader and Jacob Clark, both seniors in College Scholars.
"Our attention has been focused elsewhere," Rader said late Monday night.
The language of the resolution does not specify the scope of its condemnation; Sex Week has 16 members on its executive board, and conceivably, all are now condemned. The volunteers and supporters of Sex Week could also be included.
Floyd said that former professors have called his office to thank him for the resolution – which has no legal power and will not obstruct the event itself – and added that he had received "10 times" more support than criticism.
He went on to say that Sex Week's programming was perverse and representative of a political agenda, but did not indicate which particular events earned his "outrage." The language of the bill, however, specifically mentions the aphrodisiac cooking class, drag show and condom scavenger hunt as justification of the condemnation.
Floyd did not comment on the more conservative events, including the religion and sexuality panel, abstinence discussion or art show, pointing instead to a letter he received from a current UT senior thanking him for his support.
He also recommended simply holding the event off-campus, repeatedly saying that Sex Week was dragging UT's name "through the mud."