The phrase “homosexual acts” will remain in Baylor University’s sexual misconduct policy after the student body president vetoed a proposal that might have led to it being dropped.
The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that Student Body President Wesley Hodges told the Student Senate on Thursday that the university’s board of regents likely would not have granted final approval for the change to the policy, especially because the full student body had not had a chance to weigh in on the topic.
The senate was not able to achieve a two-thirds majority to override the veto during a vote in a closed session.
“I truly believe that Baylor treats its students with grace, love and truth, and in doing that seeks to accept all students, but does not affirm all student behaviors,” Hodges said. “Simply because the university disagrees with your actions or lifestyle, does not imply that it is seeking to attack you.”
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The Raw Story notes that Trenton Garza, the student senate member who sponsored the resolution to change the policy’s language, told the newspaper that as currently written, heterosexual couples can engage in sexual activities conventionally associated with gay couples, but gay couples cannot.
“Something that I feel, as a Christian, is that all too often Christianity is being known for what it is against, rather than what it is for,” Garza stated. “In light of that, I wanted to show that we are for loving people … as small as a wording change really can be, the symbolism can spark something much greater.”
The student senate had passed the Sexual Misconduct Policy Non-Discrimination Act to drop “homosexual acts” from the policy and instead substitute the phrase “nonmarital consensual deviate sexual intercourse.”