Union University leaves council over same-sex marriage

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right, shakes hands with Dr. Samuel Oliver, president of Union University, left, after participating in a conference call in Lee's Capitol Hill office in Washington, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, with representatives from religious nonprofits who are concerned about how the Supreme Court's upcoming gay marriage decision will affect their institutions, and members of the media. Dr. Jerry Johnson, president of the National Religious Broadcasters is center.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right, shakes hands with Dr. Samuel Oliver, president of Union University, left, after participating in a conference call in Lee's Capitol Hill office in Washington, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, with representatives from religious nonprofits who are concerned about how the Supreme Court's upcoming gay marriage decision will affect their institutions, and members of the media. Dr. Jerry Johnson, president of the National Religious Broadcasters is center. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right, shakes hands with Dr. Samuel Oliver, president of Union University, left, after participating in a conference call in Lee's Capitol Hill office in Washington, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, with representatives from religious nonprofits who are concerned about how the Supreme Court's upcoming gay marriage decision will affect their institutions, and members of the media. Dr. Jerry Johnson, president of the National Religious Broadcasters is center.AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right, shakes hands with Dr. Samuel Oliver, president of Union University, left, after participating in a conference call in Lee’s Capitol Hill office in Washington, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, with representatives from religious nonprofits who are concerned about how the Supreme Court’s upcoming gay marriage decision will affect their institutions, and members of the media. Dr. Jerry Johnson, president of the National Religious Broadcasters is center.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Union University officials say the school has withdrawn from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities after two schools, who are members of the council, endorsed same-sex marriage.

The Jackson Sun reports Union President Samuel Oliver notified the council of the school’s withdrawal in a letter on Aug. 10.

In the letter, Oliver says Union’s decision came after Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College endorsed same-sex marriage.

Oliver says the council held a meeting last fall to discuss the issue, and there were several other opportunities to address it. Oliver says it was his understanding that the two schools would withdraw from membership, but that has not been the case.

Union University had been a member of the council for 24 years.

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