Duke University’s student government voted against giving official recognition to the North Carolina-based school’s Young Life chapter due to the organization having a ban on openly LGBT leadership.
The Duke Student Government Senate unanimously voted last week to reject recognition for the Christian student group, claiming that the leadership standards were discriminatory.
Specifically, Young Life reportedly violated the Student Organization Finance Committee’s guideline mandating a nondiscrimination statement for student group constitutions, according to the Duke Chronicle.
According to Young Life’s sexual misconduct policy, “persons who engage in sexual misconduct or who practice a homosexual lifestyle” are not excluded “from being recipients of ministry of God’s grace and mercy as expressed in Jesus Christ.”
“We do, however, believe that such persons are not to serve as staff or volunteers in the mission and work of Young Life,” stated the policy, as reported by the Chronicle.
As a result of the rejection, Duke’s Young Life chapter will not have access to campus spaces and university funding. However, it can still operate among the student body.
The Christian Post reached out to the Durham-Chapel Hill chapter of Young Life but they were unable to return comment by press time.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski