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For the second time in less than a year, Azusa Pacific University has lifted its ban on same-sex relationships on campus. While an attempt at lifting the ban was quickly repealed last year, this time the Board of Trustees has put their stamp of approval on the controversial change in policy.
According to Provost Mark Stanton, a change in wording to the student handbook, which essentially brings about the lift of the ban, is consistent with APU’s “uniform standards of behavior for all students, applied equally and in a nondiscriminatory fashion.”
Proponents - Wording - Student - Handbook - Argue
Proponents for the revised wording in the student handbook argue that the old language singled out LGBTQ students in a discriminatory manner and forbid them from engaging in any kind of romantic relationships.
Now, the wording in the University’s statement of beliefs concerning sexuality simply states that those not engaged in a heterosexual marriage are to remain celibate:
Community - Disciples - Scholars - Christian - Understanding
As an evangelical community of disciples and scholars who embrace the historic Christian understanding of Scripture, Azusa Pacific University holds that sexuality is a gift from God and basic to human identity as well as a matter of behavioral expression. We hold that the full behavioral expression of sexuality is to take place within the context of a marriage covenant between a man and a woman and that individuals remain celibate outside of the bond of marriage. Therefore, we seek to cultivate a community in which sexuality is embraced as God-given and good and where biblical standards of sexual behavior are upheld.
Stanton says the University’s “values are unchanged the APU community remains unequivocally biblical in our Christian evangelical identity.” At the same time...
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