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Brigham Young University, a privately owned Mormon college, just took one step forward and then about 50 steps back. 

The school updated its honor code in February to remove language that was discriminatory toward LGBTQ students. However, less than one month later, it "clarified" aka revoked that statement with a more harmful one. 

Now students who have come out in the wake of the updated honor code are understandably upset with the school and have begun protesting.

The updated statement in the school's honor code bans all LGBTQ relationships on campus. 


The statement reads: "The moral standards of the Church did not change with the recent release of the General Handbook or the updated Honor Code. There is and always has been more to living the Lord's standard of a chaste and virtuous life than refraining from sexual-relations outside of marriage. Lasting joy comes when we live the spirit as well as the letter of God's laws." 

It continues, "A foundational doctrine of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is that 'marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children'... Same-sex romantic behavior cannot lead to eternal marriage and is therefore not compatible with the principles included in the Honor Code."

Students, especially those who came out after the code was updated, were heartbroken.

One person tweeted, "So u made BYU a place for LGBTQ+ students and then after they started coming [out] you.... banned their relationships? And all those students are just... stuck there? This is the most disgusting."

Even though BYU is a Mormon institution, it should be accepting of all students regardless of their sexual preferences.

Another person wrote, "Dangerous move. So many kids came out because they thought they were safe. Now they’re on your black-list of apostates. False hope from false teachers of love. Sad that my university would backpedal with such possibilities life threatening consequences. #webelongBYU."

Breaking the honor code could mean suspension or expulsion.

BYU's honor code is not to be taken lightly. Students who break the code will receive serious repercussions. Another student tweeted, "yes I chose to come to BYU and I chose to sign the honor code but I did not choose to be gaslighted and hated and treated as less important than other students."

After the update, BYU was praised for its progressive move, but then it backtracked.

BYU tweeted that "since dating means different things to different people, the Honor Code Office will work with students individually." Unfortunately, students who have already come out and started dating now have to fear breaking the code of conduct for students.

Last year, BYU's valedictorian came out during the spring commencement ceremony and received so much support. 

Kristin Chenoweth tweeted at Matt Easton, "I’m very proud of you. As a straight Christian woman, i stand beside you!! I say to you: YOU ARE LOVED!!!!!" The student came out in the middle of his speech and was cheered on by his peers.

The president and CEO of GLAAD, Sarah Kate Ellis, also supported Easton in his coming out journey.

"This is such an amazing moment for acceptance. Moments like this illustrate the positive changes happening in the Mormon Church," Sarah Kate Ellis tweeted. It's unfortunate that no matter what progressive moments happen at BYU, it still hasn't completely moved forward.