University bans athletes from having same-sex relationships

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A university in Texas has banned its athletes from having same-sex relationships or supporting same-sex marriage.

LeTourneau University in Longview has updated the handbook for its student athletes.

According to Outsports, it now reads: “Consistent with our desire to celebrate and model a Scriptural approach to sexuality, the University prohibits same-sex dating behaviours and public advocacy for the position that sex outside of a biblically-defined marriage is morally acceptable.”

The specific ban on students expressing support for same-sex marriage in public seems to run contrary to the US First Amendment right to free speech.

Earlier this month, another US university, Hillsdale College in Michigan, sent an email to students and alumni asking them to “destroy the evil” of same-sex marriage.

The email said: “Just to give you a heads up, ugly things are happening in the Supreme Court right now.

“Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen as the “swing vote” and, if that is the case, he will have the power to legalize same-sex marriage NATIONWIDE!

“I do not even think we can imagine the effects this could have on our nation, the church, and families.

“So we are praying for God to give the Justices and the courts wisdom, courage, and discernment, for evil to be revealed and destroyed, and for a heart of love and sound mind.”

In March, the former president of a conservative US university apologised for saying gay people should be put to death.