Life

LGBT groups demand Big 12 drop potential plans to add BYU

“We fully intend that when we have an opportunity to meet with them and have discussions that they’re going to ask us questions that they’re going to have about everything, every aspect (of the school).

“But certainly that could be one of the things, and specifically we’re not sure what they would ask regarding that but we would answer every one of the questions,” Holmoe said on July 22.

“Some of the things that they might ask specifically about the church we’re prepared to answer those questions and we have people other than coaches or an AD, although I could answer, that would … either have the authority to answer correctly or specifically.”

LGBTQ rights have been a hot button issue in college sports in recent years and the NCAA has taken an aggressive stance against laws it deems to be discriminatory.

The board in April adopted a requirement for host sites of its sanctioned tournaments and events to demonstrate “how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination and also safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event.”

Last month the NCAA said it would be sending a questionnaire to future and potential host city organizing groups to gauge whether they would “provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination.”

The NCAA last year helped apply pressure that led to Indiana changing a law that its critics called discriminatory against LGBTQ people. North Carolina is now facing similar pressure over the law known as HB2 that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

Utah has nondiscrimination laws, but BYU as a private school is exempt.

Big 12 members Baylor and TCU are private schools with church affiliations. Baylor, a Baptist university, last year modified a school policy on sexual misconduct to remove a reference to homosexual acts. The Baptist Faith and Message of 1963, which guides the school’s policies, does define marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

TCU is affiliated with the Disciples of Christ Church and has a non-discrimination statement that references sexual orientation and gender identity.

Bowlsby did not respond immediately to a text message from the AP asking for comment Monday night, but he told Fox: “I am not prepared to make any comments on our process at this time.”

© 2016, Associated Press, All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Antigay Kentucky councilwoman evicts, assaults and insults gay couple

Previous article

Bishop: Satan is staging a ‘homosexual invasion’ to steal children

Next article