The Big 12 collegiate athletic conference is looking to expand, and Brigham Young University (BYU) is hoping to join. However, LGBT extremists are in an uproar over the mere idea of a relationship between the conference and the school.
BYU is the largest Mormon college in the country, and every student is required to sign and uphold an honor code. One of the pledges, keeping with traditional Mormon moral teachings, is to refrain from homosexual behavior and premarital sex, or, as the honor code puts it, to commit to “living a chaste and virtuous life.”
25 national LGBT groups, led by a group called Athlete Ally, have signed a letter to Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby urging him to cease consideration of adding BYU. The authors wrote:
BYU … actively and openly discriminates against its LGBT students and staff. It provides no protections for LGBT students … Given BYU’s homophobic, biphobic and transphobic policies and practices, BYU should not be rewarded with Big 12 membership.
The text of the honor code actually states that “Brigham Young University will respond to homosexual behavior rather than to feelings or attraction and welcomes as full members of the university community all whose behavior meets university standards… One’s stated same-gender attraction is not an Honor Code issue.”
This is not about discrimination. This is about forcing BYU to abandon their traditional morality in favor of the new sexual orthodoxy and moral relativism.