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Christian Universities Grapple with Implications of Gay Marriage Ruling

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2015 Aug 11
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Many Christian universities are grappling with the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage across the U.S.


A few schools in particular--Hope College, Belmont University, and Baylor University--have already made changes to their official school policies in order to accommodate homosexual students. 


According to One News Now, Baylor University has taken the words “homesexual acts,” as well as other sexual references, from its sexual misconduct policy.


Baylor’s old sexual misconduct policy read as follows: “Misuses of God’s gift will be understood to include, but not be limited to, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexual assault, incest, adultery, fornication and homosexual acts,” according to The Washington Post.


The revised policy reads, “Baylor will be guided by the biblical understanding that human sexuality is a gift from God and that physical sexual intimacy is to be expressed in the context of marital fidelity. Thus, it is expected that Baylor students, faculty and staff will engage in behaviors consistent with this understanding of human sexuality.”


It is reported that Hope College and Belmont University have similarly changed their policies. 


Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute predicts that other universities will soon follow suit. She also cautions that parents should conduct some “serious investigating” before sending their children to schools that have been historically conservative and orthodox in theology.



Publication date: August 11, 2015