Mormon-owned BYU removes ban on homosexual behavior from honor code

by Bryan Brammer · Feb 20th, 2020 1:02 pm

Last Updated Feb 20th, 2020 at 3:58 pm

In an effort to match church policy, Mormon-owned Brigham Young University removed a ban on homosexual behavior from its honor code, the institution announced Wednesday.

The change to the university's honor code coincided with the release of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' new handbook, but it did not detail in which forms of affection same-gender students were allowed to participate.

The code previously defined homosexual behavior as "all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings." This included kissing, holding hands, and having sex. Any of these actions would have been a violation of BYU's honor code.

🔦 Although the Mormon Church does not support same-sex marriage because it "undermines the divinely created institution of the family," it still allows homosexual Mormons to be a part of the church.


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