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Erskine, After 2 Athletes Come Out, Bans Gay Sexuality

February 27, 2015
 
 

Last year, two athletes at Erskine College, a Christian institution affiliated with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, came out as gay. That news prompted antigay church members to demand that the college take action against gay people at the college. The college's board has now done so, adopting a policy saying that any sexuality that is not based on marriage (defined as between a man and a woman) is banned.

"We believe the Bible teaches that all sexual activity outside the covenant of marriage is sinful and therefore ultimately destructive to the parties involved. As a Christian academic community, and in light of our institutional mission, members of the Erskine community are expected to follow the teachings of Scripture concerning matters of human sexuality, and institutional decisions will be made in light of this position."

Outsports quoted one of the gay athletes as saying of the new policy: "It just made me sad and worried for other gay people who might be struggling with confidence to come out."

 

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