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BYU disciplines
four students who joined Equality Ride protests

BYU disciplines
four students who joined Equality Ride protests

The students were protesting the Mormon school's discriminatory policy against gays.

Four Brigham Young University students who participated in Soulforce Equality Ride demonstrations on campus in April have been disciplined. The Mormon school, located in Provo, Utah, put three of the students on probation, and the fourth was given "suspension withheld," a step before actual suspension, the Associated Press reports. The students were all punished for violating BYU's honor code by joining with Equality Riders to protest their school's discriminatory policy against gays. BYU bans same-sex sexual contact because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints considers homosexuality a sin. The Equality Ride was a seven-week tour that was conducted this spring by young LGBT activists and allies of religious universities and military academies that discriminate against gay people. Twenty-nine Equality Riders and their supporters were arrested at BYU for violating the university's ban on protests. On Wednesday, 21 of them pleaded guilty or no contest in fourth district court, according to the AP. They were fined $200 each. (The Advocate)

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