Loving the Sinner: Evangelical Colleges and Their LGB Students
35 Quinnipiac Law Review 147 (2017)
70 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2017
Date Written: April 1, 2017
In his Obergefell dissent, Chief Justice Robert wrote: “Hard questions arise when people of faith exercise religion in ways that may be seen to conflict with the new right to same-sex marriage.” This article looks at one of those hard questions - the relationship between evangelical colleges and their LGB students.
As religious institutions, evangelical colleges have authority to freely exercise their faith. They exercise this freedom by maintaining sexual conduct codes which prohibit homosexual practice or behavior by their students. Despite the existence of these codes, evangelical colleges have, and most likely always will have, sexual minority students. While the codes reach only conduct and speech, the environment on campus remains largely negative for sexual minority students, even when they follow the codes’ requirements.
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