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Christian University Drops Ban On Same-Sex Relationships—But Gay Sex Is Still A No-No

Azusa Pacific University, a Christian college in Azusa, California, has altered the wording in its student code of conduct which had previously banned homosexual relationships. Now, students will be allowed to date others of the same sex…though sexual relations with those partners is still off limits.

The change was initiated by discussions between the University’s administration and Haven, the campus LGBT+ support group. The meetings were held off-campus since the group is technically “not endorsed” by the University.

While the code of conduct still claims “sexual union is intended by God to take place only within the marriage covenant between a man and a woman,” Bill Fiala, associate dean of students at APU, also commented to the school paper:

The change that happened with the code of conduct is still in alignment with our identity as a Christian institution. The language changed, but the spirit didn’t. Our spirit is still a conservative, evangelical perspective on human sexuality.

The University is also taking its first steps towards establishing a safe space for Queer students on campus. Fiala explains:

We have been intentional about the program, and want it to be considered a program that comes out of student life and out of the university. We created this in support of the LGBTQ+ students at APU. One prong of that is the weekly meetings with Haven. Another aspect of that is educational outreach, and holding events. We are co-creating a program with students.

APU has previously received public scrutiny for its rejection of LGBTQ individuals, including a 2013 incident where a professor was asked to leave his position after coming out as transsexual.

Christian Universities have long been criticized for their treatment of the LGBTQ community. Clarks Summit University rejected a student’s September re-enrollment application because he is homosexual. This past February, a Harvard bible study group allegedly ousted a leader because he was gay.

At least at Azusa Pacific, however, it seems the march of progress is moving forward…slowly, but surely.

H/T – Pink News, Christianity Today, ZuNews

Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--