Baylor University just made an exciting change to its sexual misconduct policy. Formerly, the Waco-based Baptist university had outlined the many ways that Baylor's students, staff and administration could misuse "God's gifts" of human sexuality. The list of "misuses" included sexual assault, adultery, sexual harassment and, because God says, "homosexual acts." A few years ago, Baylor students tried to change that policy but were blocked by a veto from student body president.
Finally, at its last meeting, the Baylor Board of Regents quietly changed its sexual misconduct policy, as the Waco-Tribune first reported last week. Sure, the wording on Baylor's new sexual misconduct policy is incredibly vague. But reading between the lines here, we're pretty sure that Baylor's Board of Regents is tacitly saying that Baylor students are now allowed to have homosexual sex. As long as they're married. And that they perform their homosexual acts in accordance with the Bible. And they understand that their sexuality is a gift from God. How about you just read the full, revised policy below?
Baylor will be guided by the biblical understanding that human sexuality is a gift from God and that physical sexual intimacy is to be expressed in the context of marital fidelity. Thus, it is expected that Baylor students, faculty and staff will engage in behaviors consistent with this understanding of human sexuality.
That clears it up, almost. To double-check that homosexual acts are no longer banned at Baylor, we got in touch with Baylor's Board of Regents spokeswoman Lori Fogelman. She wouldn't answer that question directly but did email us this statement:
Several years ago, an organized effort to review and keep current Baylor’s policies began to ensure that the university has the necessary policies and processes in place to comply with the many legal and ethical mandates to which universities are subject as institutions.
A review of the sexual conduct policy had been contemplated over the last couple of years. 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. The updated policy was endorsed by the university’s board on May 15, 2015, and is publicly available on the Baylor website.
In other words, gay sex for everyone!