Pepperdine University Refuses to Recognize Campus LGBT Support Group

Two Pepperdine University students have amassed nearly 4,000 signatures in an online petition in response to the administration’s decision not to grant official club recognition to the proposed gay and lesbian support group Reach OUT. While students argue that the club “foster[s] a much-needed environment where LGBT students do not feel marginalized from the Christian community,” Dean of Students Mark Davis is defending the university’s regressive stance on LGBT issues — which is outlined explicitly on page 6 of the Student Organizations Handbook where it states, “Engaging in or promoting conduct or lifestyles inconsistent with biblical teaching is not permitted.” Davis says, “Pepperdine seeks to be faithful to this teaching because we believe it is God’s will, and therefore we cannot endorse another view or take a neutral position on sexual morality.” — Fatima Najiy