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Baylor University No Longer Bans ‘Homosexual Acts’

Baylor, the world's largest Baptist university, has removed a ban on "homosexual acts" from its sexual conduct policy.

The Waco, Texas, school quietly changed its policy on May 15, a university spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

"These changes were made because we didn't believe the language reflected Baylor’s caring community. We are pleased with the recent changes to the policy language and that it states more plainly the expectations of the university," Lori Fogleman said in a statement.

Baylor's previous policy deemed gay sex a "misuse of God's gift," along with incest, adultery, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and sexual assault. Students and alumni had for years appealed to the university to change that policy.

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The school, which was ranked among the 20 most LGBT-unfriendly by the Princeton Review in 2014, did not say whether the update would have implications for gay married couples who are applying there. The sexual conduct policy still cites a 1963 Southern Baptist doctrine that specifies marriage as a man and a woman in a lifetime commitment, according to the Associated Press.

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Baylor's announcement comes just weeks after the Supreme Court made marriage legal for same-sex couples nationwide.

The university — the oldest one in Texas — has a history of being apparently reluctant to change. It didn't lift a ban on dancing until the 1990s, the Houston Chronicle reported, and still enforces a ban on alcohol.