Texas College Bans Gay Athletes From Dating, Supporting Marriage Equality
NCAA Division III school LeTourneau University has made a gross update to its policies: gay athletes are forbidden from dating (unless their dates are opposite-sex), and any athlete risks dismissal if they support marriage equality.
The policy is made known in the newest edition of the student-athlete handbook, which reads:
Consistent with our desire to celebrate and model a Scriptural approach to sexuality;, the University prohibits same-sex dating behaviors and public advocacy for the position that sex outside of a biblically-defined marriage is morally acceptable.
The addition of the anti-gay language is new for the school. The student-athlete handbook from the 2011-12 academic year did not contain any reference to homosexuality. The movement by trustees and administrations to explicitly marginalize LGBT students on college campuses across the country is growing, even as students and faculty become increasingly accepting. Recent episodes at Erskine College, Hillsdale College and an unnamed Christian school in the South have been particularly troubling.
LeTourneau Univ. is an inter-denominational Christian school in Longview, Texas, an hour west of Shreveport, La. The school's enrollment is a couple thousand students.
Hypocritically, LaTourneau University's handbook also claims that the school stands for "Commitment, Excellence, Integrity, Respect, Community."