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Baylor University Finally Lifts Ban on Gay Sex

Baylor University, a private Baptist school in Texas, isn’t the most progressive campus in the nation. After all, it wasn’t until 1996 that the school finally lifted its ban on dancing.And until yesterday, a married gay couple on campus would have been punished for sleeping with each other. Not a surprise coming from the school that was ranked last year by Princeton Review as one of those most LGBT-unfriendly colleges in the country.But that all changed yesterday:

Baylor University, a private Baptist school in Texas, isn’t the most progressive campus in the nation. After all, it wasn’t until 1996 that the school finally lifted its ban on dancing.

And until yesterday, a married gay couple on campus would have been punished for sleeping with each other. Not a surprise coming from the school that was ranked last year by Princeton Review as one of those most LGBT-unfriendly colleges in the country.

But that all changed yesterday:

After years of appeals from students, alumni and others, Baylor University revised its sexual conduct policy, dropping the ban on gay sex to “state more plainly the expectations of the university,” a Baylor spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Baylor’s old policy called “homosexual acts” a misuse of “God’s gift,” along with sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexual assault, incest and adultery.

The school’s updated policy, approved by Baylor’s board in May, is far more vague than its last one. It says the university will be guided by “the biblical understanding that human sexuality is a gift from God.” Sex, the policy says, “is to be expressed in the context of marital fidelity.”

So there you go. If you’re gay and married, and you live in Texas, and you attend the largest Baptist university in the world, you can have sex without worry.

(Now for the real question: How many people does this policy change actually affect…?)

On a side note, there are also atheists on Baylor’s campus. But a few years ago, a group was denied official recognition, forcing them to meet in secret.

(Image via Aspen Photo / Shutterstock.com. Thanks to Scott for the link)

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