Azusa Pacific University Flips on LGBTQ Ban (Again)

Juicy Ecumenism | 3/20/2019 | Chelsen Vicari
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Azusa Pacific University (APU) has flipped on same-sex student relationships for the third time. Last September, I wrote here about how Azusa administrators removed language specifically banning same-sex relationships among students on campus, outlined in the official code of conduct. Just a couple of weeks later, the APU Board of Trustees reversed the policy decision, stating they are “never willing to capitulate to outside pressures, be they legal, political, or social.”

Interesting then, that the Christian university has reversed its decision yet again. On Tuesday, Christianity Today’s Morgan Lee reported that APU decided to again remove the language that specifically bans same-sex relationships. Only this time, it was reportedly the Board of Trustees who instructed the ban be lifted for the sake of “applying uniform standards to all students in a nondiscriminatory fashion.”

Statement - San - Gabriel - Valley - Tribune

In an official statement obtained by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, APU Provost Mark Stanton explained, “APU is an open-enrollment institution, which does not require students to be Christian to attend, and the handbook conveys our commitment to treating everyone with Christ-like care and civility” and insisted that “Our values are unchanged and the APU community remains unequivocally biblical in our Christian evangelical identity.”

All this begs the question of what happens if students are having open same-sex relationships on campus. You cannot enforce a policy that...
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