Baylor University, the world’s largest Baptist university, has removed the ban on “homosexual acts” from its sexual conduct policy.
The school, which was ranked among the 20 most LGBT-unfriendly by the Princeton Review in 2014 quietly changed its policy on May 15, a university spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
“These changes were made because we didn’t believe the language reflected Baylor’s caring community. We are pleased with the recent changes to the policy language and that it states more plainly the expectations of the university,” Lori Fogleman said in a statement.
The university — the oldest one in Texas — has a history of being apparently reluctant to change. It didn’t lift a ban on dancing until the 1990s and still sites the sexual conduct policy of the Southern Baptist doctrine that specifies marriage as a man and a woman in a lifetime commitment,
Baylor’s previous policy deemed gay sex a “misuse of God’s gift,” along with incest, adultery, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and sexual assault.
In 2005 Bayylor booted gay alumnus Tim Smith from its Advisory Board just for being gay and attempted to offer a course in the Spring 2122 called “Homosexuality As A Gateway Drug”. That is until people found out about it and then the course name was quietly changed to “Family Studies”.