Baylor Univ. Alters Antigay Sexual Conduct Code

Students voted to change wording in the school's sexual code of conduct, to stop discriminating specifically against gay, lesbian, and bisexual students.

BY Michelle Garcia

October 25 2013 11:58 AM ET

Baylor University's student government voted to change the campus sexual conduct code Thursday, to stop singling out students who have sexual relationships with people of the same sex.

The Christian university's student senate passed the Sexual Misconduct Non-Discrimination Act Thursday, replacing "homosexual acts" with "non-marital consensual deviate sexual intercourse," the Baylor Lariat reports.

The sexual conduct code states that sexuality is a gift from God but it condemns sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexual assault, incest, adultery, fornication, and sex outside of heterosexual marriage.

One of the most notable LGBT students to attend Baylor recently is basketball star Brittney Griner, who just completed her first season in the WNBA. After being drafted by the Phoenix Mercury at the end of her senior year, Griner said her Baylor coach encouraged lesbian basketball players to remain closeted. In another incident, she once tweeted something referring to her sexual orientation, and a school administrator asked her to take it down.

"The coaches thought that if it seemed like they condoned it, people wouldn't let their kids come play for Baylor," she said in May. "It was more of an unwritten law…it was just kind of like, one of those things, you know. Just don't do it. They kind of tried to make it, like, 'Why put your business out on the street like that?'"

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