LGBTQ dating ban at BYU probed in federal investigation – Cache Valley Daily

FILE – Students demonstrate outside the Brigham Young University Student Center in Provo, Utah on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, after a school official from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a clarification of the school’s honor code, which said same-sex romantic behavior was still “not consistent” with BYU rules. The US Department of Education has launched a civil rights investigation into how LGBTQ students are disciplined at Brigham Young University, a private religious school. The complaint under investigation came after the school said it would continue to enforce the same-sex dating ban even after that section was removed from the written version of the honor code. school, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, file)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education has opened a civil rights investigation into how LGBTQ students are disciplined at Brigham Young University, a private religious school.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that this comes after the school said it would still enforce the same-sex dating ban even after that section was removed from the school’s written honor code.

A university spokeswoman acknowledged the investigation but said in a statement that BYU was within its rights to enforce church policies against same-sex relationships and planned no further action. The school has religious exemptions to sex discrimination laws.





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