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And a school conduct code has, for years, said sexual relations should only take place within a marriage between a man and a woman.

Abilene Christian has no plans to apply for a waiver.When Ryan Clements, a 25-year-old alumnus of Abilene Christian University, found out his alma mater was planning to ban some students’ same-sex dating relationships, he said it “hit home in a big way.” Clements, an openly gay Christian, said he felt pained “that a school that I loved and that gave me so much and that I tried to pour myself into when I was there would take this kind of action against students like me.” The private college in West Texas, affiliated with Churches of Christ, said earlier this month it would bar student employees from dating people of the same sex.The policy already applies to faculty and staff at Abilene Christian.It follows years of discussion and fits into the school’s broader attempt to be more inclusive, he said.The student handbook will be revised over the summer to clarify that students who aren’t employees are free to be in same-sex relationships so long as they’re not sexually active — the same expectation the school has for heterosexual students who are not married.

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