Here We Go: Christian Azusa Pacific University to Allow LGBT Relationships After Years of Backing the Bible

Evangelical College Azusa Pacific announced last week that it will be allowing LGBT relationships for students on campus following years of pressure.

Zu Media, the student paper, reported last week that officials at the Christian university in California have decided to remove language from the student standard of conduct that previously prohibited such relationships on campus.

APU has said that despite the change, set to take effect in the Fall 2018 semester, it still backs the “Biblical principles of human sexuality,” in the belief that “sexual union is intended by God to take place only within the marriage covenant between a man and a woman.”

LGBT activists have long called for the change, and held a vigil in November 2017 for a former employee who sued the university for wrongful demotion, claiming he was harassed and assaulted by colleagues who believed he was gay.

The school paper explained that the development is a result of long dialogue between students and the administration, and years of efforts to that end.

Associate Dean of Students Bill Fiala described the change to the student code of conduct:

“The changes that occurred to the handbooks around sexual behavior creates one standard for all undergraduate students, as opposed to differential standards for different groups,” Fiala said.

“The change that happened with the code of conduct is still in alignment with our identity as a Christian institution. The language changed, but the spirit didn’t. Our spirit is still a conservative, evangelical perspective on human sexuality.”

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Source: Christian Post