Last year, two college volleyball players at Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina came out as gay in an interview with OutSports.com. Now, their school has responded in a surprising way -- by publishing a statement that unequivocally condemns homosexuality.
Erskine College officially adopted a document called "Statement on Human Sexuality" on February 20. The Presbyterian school left no room for doubt in its stance:
"We believe the Bible teaches that monogamous marriage between a man and a woman is God’s intended design for humanity and that sexual intimacy has its proper place only within the context of marriage.
"Erskine recognizes the complexity of current issues regarding sexual morality, marriage, and other expressions of human sexuality such as same-sex attraction, gender identity, and sex outside the covenant of marriage. Therefore, the Erskine community is advised to practice humility and prayerfulness when engaging in any conversations or other actions related to these topics. Erskine’s conduct policies and procedures seek to uphold biblical standards, promote repentance and grace, and point people to Jesus Christ.
"As a Christian academic community, and in light of our institutional mission, members of the Erskine community are expected to follow the teachings of scripture concerning matters of human sexuality and institutional decision will be made in light of this position."
According to a post on the college's website, the statement will be incorporated into its official manuals.
What this means for openly gay students remains to be seen, but it doesn't look like they'll be getting much sympathy from administrators.