Baylor University has joined the 21st century by dropping a ban on “homosexual acts” from its sexual conduct policy. Prior to this revision, gay sex was referred to in the policy as a misuse of “God’s gift.”

The policy now 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.

“These changes were made because we didn’t believe the language reflected Baylor’s caring community,” said college spokesperson Lori Fogleman. “We are pleased with the recent changes to the policy language and that it states more plainly the expectations of the university.”

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The Houston Chronicle wrote about the school’s history of religious conservatism:

Baylor, a private school that is the oldest university in Texas, has at times been slow to change with the world around it, fearing the wrath of fundamentalists. The school didn’t lift a ban on dancing until the mid-1990s — a decision that came six years after students called on Baylor leaders to change the rule so they didn’t have to party at off-campus bars. The school continues to ban alcohol on campus or at university-related events.

Don’t get too excited, gay Baylor students. You still have to wait until you’re married to bone.


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