Mormon students protest BYU stance on same-sex behavior

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | After Brigham Young University dropped a section from its strict code of conduct last month that had prohibited all expressions of homosexual behavior, bisexual music major Caroline McKenzie felt newfound hope that she could stop hiding and be herself. She even went on a date with another woman.

That optimism was pierced last week when administrators at the university owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints clarified in a letter posted online March 4 that “same-sex romantic behavior” was still not allowed on campus. The letter said the recent revision to what is known as the “honor code” didn’t change the “moral standards” of the church or the faith’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

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Mormon school to allow same-sex partners in ballroom event

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | Brigham Young University (BYU) will allow same-sex couples to compete in a national ballroom dance competition hosted by the school, a move that goes against the institution’s code against gay relationships, officials said.

BYU was required to lift its ban on same-sex couples competing in the U.S. National Amateur DanceSport Championships, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

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LGBT students at BYU speak out about lack of inclusion

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PROVO, Utah (AP) — At a rare, school-sanctioned event, four LGBT students at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University spoke to about 600 students about what it’s like to reconcile their religious beliefs with sexual identities that don’t fit within the religion’s belief system.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Addison Jenkins, who spoke at the first LGBT campus forum last year, said the school took a step forward Thursday by hosting the panel.

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LGBTQ advocacy group urges Big 12 to pass on adding BYU

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An LGBTQ advocacy group has sent a letter to the commissioner of the Big 12 urging the conference to remove BYU from consideration for membership because it says the school has discriminatory policies.

Athlete Ally, a nonprofit group that works with sports leagues and organizations on educational and awareness programs, wrote in a letter dated Aug. 8 that “… through its policies, BYU is very clear about its intent to discriminate against openly LGBT students …”

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