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BYU Clarifies Policy on Homosexuality

BYU Clarifies Policy on Homosexuality



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(KSL News) Three weeks after protesters went to Brigham Young University to deliver a list of concerns for the well-being of homosexual students, officials have clarified the school's policy on homosexuality.

Acts of homosexual behavior or advocacy of such behavior still violate the campus honor code. But BYU decided to elaborate on just what that means, spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said Tuesday.

"Our position remains the same," she said. "What we have done is provide further clarification and ease confusion."

The clarification states, "Brigham Young University will respond to homosexual behavior rather than to feelings or orientation.

"One's stated sexual orientation is not an honor code issue. However, the honor code requires all members of the university community to manifest a strict commitment to the law of chastity."

BYU defines homosexual behavior as sexual relations and "all forms of sexual intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings."

BYU describes advocacy as seeking to influence others to engage in homosexual acts or promoting them as "morally acceptable." Jenkins said students had asked for clarification on advocacy.

Many students praise the change, saying they now have clarity of what's acceptable and what isn't.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)

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