A Christian college in Texas has banned gay athletes from dating and vocalizing support for same-sex marriage.
LeTourneau University (LETU) in Longview recently updated its student-athlete handbook, which bears the National Collegiate Athletic Association logo.
‘Consistent with our desire to celebrate and model a Scriptural approach to sexuality;, the University prohibits same-sex dating behaviors and public advocacy for the position that sex outside of a biblically-defined marriage is morally acceptable,’ it now reads.
Students found to have participated in either ‘immoral’ behavior risk being dismissed from their team and losing their scholarships.
Outsports, which broke the story, noted that gagging athletes on an important current affairs topic ‘runs against the spirit of the First Amendment, something so many Texans and Christians claim to hold so dearly.’
The university released the following statement:
‘We were never contacted for comment before the story was posted on the blog. Our overall policy has always reflected who we are as a private Christian university. That’s not new.
‘LETU is very clear in the student and student-athlete handbooks about our Christian mission and faith statement and our behavioral expectations, and all students and student-athletes are provided with the handbooks and are expected to abide by the code of conduct outlined in them.’