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Evangelical university bans LGBTI relationships again, right after allowing them

Evangelical university bans LGBTI relationships again, right after allowing them

An evangelical university in California has put a ban on public LGBTI relationships — again.

Azusa Pacific University (APU), located in Southern California, initially lifted the ban on LGBTI relationships last month. LGBTI students, who previously met secretly in a support group known as the Haven, could now be public with their identities and relationship.

Until last Friday (28 September), when the university’s board of trustees reinstated the ban.

In a statement to the entire school community, they reaffirmed their ‘responsibility to steward the Christ-centered mission’.

They further wrote the report ‘about a change to the undergraduate student standards of conduct’ was ‘never approved by the board and the original wording has been reinstated’.

As it stands now, the university views marriage as a covenant only between a man and a woman, and outside of marriage, people will practice abstinence.

Hurt and betrayed

On Monday (1 October), students gathered in protest of the reinstated ban.

‘It just shows we’re not a priority. It shows that we’re just a flimsy thing to just throw around,’ said one student, Alexis Diaz.

Elsewhere, students used chalk as a form of peaceful protest.

They wrote messages of love and acceptance on school sidewalks, such as ‘God’s love is not selective’ .

Students protesting with chalk
Students protesting with chalk | Photo: Facebook/Brave Commons

At another part of the campus, they used chalk and turned one of their crosswalks into a rainbow crosswalk.

Making a rainbow crosswalk at APU
Making a rainbow crosswalk | Photo: Facebook/Brave Commons

Erin Green, the co-executive director of Brave Commons, an organization helping lift LGBTI voices at Christian universities, posted about the decision to reinstate the ban.

Brave Commons worked with APU students and the school board, consequently helping lift the ban.

‘This was a yearlong process with hours and hours of discussions and negotiations,’ Green says. ‘A lot of blood, sweat, and tears were poured into this policy, which was a huge win for people.’

Please take the time to listen and share this video from our Co-ED, Erin Green. This is a call to action, and a…

Posted by Brave Commons on Saturday, 29 September 2018

Green further explains the administration agreed to drop the ban, showing they were not on the same as the board of trustees, and thereby hurting their students.

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