DUE WEST, S.C. — A college in South Carolina has released a strongly worded denouncement of homosexuality after two of its athletes came out as gay last year.
According to the Washington Post, Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina, released the statements — which many took as a behavioral ban — after two male volleyball players came out in an article on Outsports.com last year.
The Washington Post reported the document was submitted two weeks ago by the Student Services and Athletic Committee and was adopted by the school’s board of trustees.
In read, in part, “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.”
The document added that sexual relations outside of marriage or between two members of the same sex was a sin and “contrary to the will of the Creator.”
“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,” the statement also read, according to the Post.
The school, however, later said the statement was not an attempt at an all-out ban.
Juan Varona, one of the men who came out last year, told Outsports, “The release of this statement makes me disappointed because I have never received anything but kind treatment from everyone at this school, and my sexual orientation is no secret. So it took me by surprise.”
The Washington Post noted that in many parts of the U.S., college accreditation boards demand conservative Christian colleges to revise what they believe to be discriminatory policies.
Among the examples the Post cited the Boston Business Journal, which last September reported that the New England Associations of Schools and Colleges told Gordon College, a Christian institution, to review its official stance on homosexuality, and gave it a year to “provide justification” for its policy.
The school had reportedly considered “homosexual practice” a prohibited activity.