Baylor's Student Senate Votes to Remove "Homosexual Acts" from Sexual Misconduct Rules

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Ridicule Baylor University all you want. Mock the school for its 19th century social mores, for waiting until 1996 lift its dancing ban, for its campus-wide ban on alcohol, for being "guided by the understanding that basing "human sexuality is a gift from the creator God." Go for it. Just keep in mind that the Baylor student body is now officially more progressive than the Texas Legislature.

The Baylor Lariat reports this morning that the student senate passed something called the Sexual Misconduct Code Non-Discrimination Act. It recommends dropping the phrase "homosexual acts" from the relevant portion of the student code of conduct --

Baylor will be guided by the understanding that sexuality is a gift from the creator God and that the purposes of this gift include (1) the procreation of human life and (2) the uniting and strengthening of the marital bond in self-giving love. These purposed are to be achieved through heterosexual relationships within marriage. Misuses of God's gift will be understood to include but not limit to, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexual assault, incest, adultery, fornication, and homosexual acts.

-- and replacing it with "non-marital consensual deviate sexual intercourse." Hardly a declaration of sexual liberation, but far more progressive than Texas law, which on paper still includes a ban on "homosexual conduct" even though the Supreme Court struck it down a decade ago.

See also: Aggie Jokes: A&M Student Senate Looks Ready to Pass a Bigoted Anti-Gay Bill

Thursday's vote doesn't mean Baylor's official policy will change, which is up to the university's board of regents, and it doesn't mean that Baylor students are all down with people being gay. The Lariat includes testimony delivered by several opponents of the bill.

On the against side, Dallas junior Connor Mighell said Baylor is private and is legally entitled to have its own policies on homosexuality.

"Baylor's status as a private religious affiliated university allows it to define its own policies and procedures according to the precepts of Christianity," Mighell said. "It's right to do so is protected by the Constitution of the United States and multiple Supreme Court decisions on the federal and state level. The long-standing interpretation and consensus regarding Christian scripture hold that homosexual acts are a misuse of God's gift of sexuality. Thus, Baylor can and should define its policies in this manner."

San Antonio senior Stephen Bell said Baylor still welcomes all people and upholds the belief that homosexuality is wrong.

"I understand the technical argument that we are not 'technically' excluding homosexuality," said Bell. "But the fact is, Baylor and many students believe that homosexuality is wrong. The conduct code should say that if they are going to have a conduct code at all. The Baylor statement on human sexuality says, in the very first sentence, 'Baylor University welcomes all students into a safe, supportive environment in which to discuss and learn about theoretic issues including those of human sexuality.'

But the vote represents progress, and if progress is possible at Baylor, it's possible anywhere.

(h/t John Wright)

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scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

WTF!  What will they allow next, Dancing?

ryan762
ryan762

My parents had premarital sex at Baylor before I was born. Either that or I am Jesus.

MikeAllen
MikeAllen

Nice censorship Voice Nation. You can print the crap bellow but it's wrong for me to call a homosexual a fag is that it? The Baptist have become secular because Baylor is rising in the polls.

rafael.deleon10
rafael.deleon10

"The trouble with our Texas Baptists is that we do not hold them under water long enough,"- William Cowper Brann

leftocenter
leftocenter

I hope it's a misspelling...should be deviant.  I'm not sure the change is much of an improvement -- I'm not gay but I think it would offend me more to call my lifestyle "deviant" or deviate. 

If the intent of the change is to be more progressive and less judgemental then it's progess...

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

This just proves to me that Baptists are like cats.  When you get a group of them together, you know that they are up to something.  What that something is, nobody is very sure of.


When they stated: "... and that the purposes of this gift include ... ", they didn't say what else it includes.  The mind boggles at the possibilities.


NOakCliff
NOakCliff

They could have shortened that entire Sexual Misconduct Code to read, "Sex is banned unless you're married. Good luck."

And I'm curious to know if either of the two college boys quoted in the article have ever masturbated (I'm pretty sure I can guess the answer). So they're going to hell, anyway, for abusing their god's gift.

dc005
dc005

'deviate'  doesn't appear to be defined.  I recall Jimmy Swaggert on the Larry King show a year before his being caught on video ... explaining oral sex is an abomination to the Lord,  and a hideous sin.

 Bunch of heteros who are fond of a non-missionary position gonna be busting the new rules,  much less what other sinful stuff they decide to do  ...

 Although I doubt many of them will give a damn.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

*ahem*

Baylor Bears.

Makes you wonder what took them so long.

Daniel
Daniel

" ...the Baylor student body is now officially more progressive than the Texas Legislature."


And I'm a better singer than Yoko Ono.

Greg820
Greg820

GASP!!!  Will dancing be next?!?!?!?

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum

That's all well and good, but when will the dastardly discrimination against fornication end? Students unite ... literally.

icowrich
icowrich

@bvckvs "Deviant" doesn't really mean anything in this case.  It's "pre-marital" that really defines it.  What's changed is that a married gay couple can now have sex.  Of course, they'd have to get married in a different state...

MikeAllen
MikeAllen

Roast in hell fag liberal atheists!

Ballzack
Ballzack

@CogitoErgoSum I think they still go by the archaic definition of fornication. Meaning sexual relations with a prostitute in an outdoor brothel located underneath a fornix or archway. So really if you steer clear of those areas you shouldn't run afoul of the "rules".

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@MikeAllen you clearly failed to grasp the great commission.  Ironic, in defending your "faith' you demonstrate you don't understand what your faith calls on you to do. 

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