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Gay and Mormon: BYU students speak on panel
Provo » Group calls for axing “soul-destroying” event because it violates school’s Honor Code.

By Rosemary WintersAnd Brian Maffly
The Salt Lake Tribune First Published Mar 29 2012 05:56 pm

Bridey Jensen is a student at Brigham Young University. She’s also a lesbian. The 23-year-old knows some of her peers see these as mutually exclusive identities, but next week, she hopes to clear up any misunderstandings about what it means to be gay and a devout Latter-day Saint during a panel discussion on her Provo campus.

"Both of these things are just a fundamental part of me that I never chose," said Jensen, one of three students expected to be part of the panel. "Just because I accept [that I am gay] doesn’t mean I believe in the gospel any less."

LDS Church teachings condemn sexual relationships between members of the same sex. But in recent years, the church-owned BYU has adjusted its Honor Code to allow for students who experience same-sex attraction but don’t act on those feelings. The code does not impose sanctions on gay students as long as their behavior remains chaste and they don’t advocate homosexual behavior.

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