Magazine article University Business

Catholic College Warmly Welcomes Gay Students

Magazine article University Business

Catholic College Warmly Welcomes Gay Students

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Boston College (Mass.), a Roman Catholic Jesuit school, took another step to further the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students this spring when it agreed to rewrite its welcoming statement of nondiscrimination.

Administrators did so at the request of Grace Simmons, president of the undergraduate student government, who noted that the statement's initial wording said nothing about sexual orientation, giving students the impression that gays and others were not welcome on campus.

The new statement, issued May 1, says that, "Boston College extends its welcome in particular to those who may be vulnerable to discrimination on the basis of their race, ethnic or national origin, religion, color, age gender, marital status, veteran statues, disabilities, or sexual orientation."

Still, BC drew the line at actually rewriting its policy on non-discrimination, notes Jack Dunn, BC's public information director. By law, religious institutions in Massachusetts are not required to endorse policies that are deemed in conflict with their values. …

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