We thought college was the land of finding and expressing your true colors, or rainbow of colors, especially in Southern California. But let’s trek on over to Mailbu, which seems to be the land of surf, sun and “sorry, no gays here.” Maybe not for all of Malibu, but at least for Pepperdine University, where school administrators denied the request for a Gay-Straight Alliance. So why is this college awkwardly stepping backward whilst the rest of society continues it’s forward motion with LGBT rights?
According to LA Weekly, Seniors Alexander Cooper and Lindsay Jakows applied to have their organization, Reach OUT, recognized by the school, only to discover that acceptance, in this case, was less about reaching out and more out of reach.
According to the Pepperdine school newspaper, “While [Dean of Students Mark] Davis acknowledged that the relationship with the Churches of Christ is important, more central is honoring the biblical conviction that sexual activity should be reserved for a husband-wife relationship.
‘Pepperdine seeks to be faithful to this teaching because we believe it is God's will,’ Davis said, ‘and therefore we cannot endorse another view or take a neutral position on sexual morality.’”
A committee, Building Bridges, was formed by the administration to address the concerns of LGBT students. Funny, isn’t that what the club would have done for them?
While Pepperdine jury’s out on how they feel about us, our jury’s left with a new verdict: Who will, in fact, be the last college to step out of the stone ages? Will it still be Brigham Young or will Pepperdine take the crown?