Duke Student Government Senate declines to recognize Young Life as an official Duke student group [#DukeStudentGovernmentSenate #YoungLife #ChristianOrganization]
[September 12, 2019]
Duke Student Government Senate unanimously declined to recognize Young Life as an official Duke student group at its Wednesday, September 11, 2019 meeting.
Young Life is a national Christian organization that has branches serving middle and high school students in Durham and Chapel Hill in North Carolina.
The group had requested official recognition to recruit and support a greater number of students, as it already has a following on campus.
But Young Life was rebuffed over concerns about the national organization’s policies concerning LGBTQ+ leaders.
At last week’s DSG meeting, senators noted that the national organization’s rule barring LGBTQ+ individuals from leadership positions violates the Student Organization Finance Committee’s guideline that every Duke student group include a nondiscrimination statement in its constitution.
The Senate then tabled the vote to give Young Life members the chance to speak to senators at this week’s meeting.
According to Young Life’s sexual misconduct policy, “we do not in any way wish to exclude persons who engage in sexual misconduct or who practice a homosexual lifestyle from being recipients of ministry of God’s grace and mercy as expressed in Jesus Christ. We do, however, believe that such persons are not to serve as staff or volunteers in the mission and work of Young Life.”
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