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Azusa Pacific University trustee, students address debate over same-sex relationships on Evangelical Christian college campuses

An attendee of the 2018 Los Angeles Women's March waving a rainbow flag.
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Rainbow Flag at Women's March LA 2018

Students at Azusa Pacific University protested on campus Monday in response to an ongoing discussion over romantic LGBTQ relationships on campus.

Students at Azusa Pacific University protested on campus Monday in response to an ongoing discussion over romantic LGBTQ relationships on campus.

The school’s student handbook contains language prohibiting students from engaging in “a romanticized same-sex relationship,” but students and administrators had reached an agreement to remove the clause starting this semester.

However, after an article in the student newspaper about the change and a letter to the Board from a professor expressing concerns by faculty members about what such a change could mean for APU’s Christian identity. The Board of Trustees issued a statement saying that it had not approved the change in language and that they were reinstating the original clause.

Guests:

David Poole, chair of the Azusa Pacific University Board of Trustees

Nolan Croce, senior at APU, majoring in film production and part of the LGBTQ community on campus

Erin Green, recent graduate majoring in biblical studies at Azusa Pacific University; member of the LGBTQ community on campus

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