Lindenwood University, in Missouri, has agreed to recognize a gay-straight student alliance, but only on the condition that the group expand its reach to include "other students in need of understanding and support," The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reported. Student organizers said that they viewed the compromise as a step forward that would allow them to form the group. Administrators had previously called the idea of a gay-straight alliance "parochial and self-serving." Lindenwood  describes itself as "an independent institution firmly rooted in Judeo-Christian values. Those values include belief in an ordered, purposeful universe, the dignity of work, the worth and integrity of the individual, the obligations and privileges of citizenship and the primacy of truth."