- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Two scientific groups have dropped job postings from Brigham Young University over the school’s anti-LGBTQ policies.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported Monday that the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society, based in Washington and Colorado, respectively, have both removed and refunded BYU for its postings.

Members of the scientific groups called the ads discriminatory and asked for them to be removed because BYU requires applicants to abide by the school’s honor code, which bans homosexual behavior.


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The private, Utah University is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and requires both students and faculty to abstain from not only “sexual relations between members of the same sex, but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings.”

BYU professor Benjamin Abbott said he believes dropping the ads will lead to less diverse ideologies coming to work for the university.



“It removes an opportunity for a diverse candidate from outside of the BYU system from finding the job,” Mr. Abbott said, according to The Denver Post. “If we want to learn from and potentially influence others, we shouldn’t cut them off.”

However, UCLA doctoral student Ellen Alexander — who identifies as LGBTQ — advocated for the ad’s removal from the American Geophysical Union.

“That ideology does not deserve an equal seat at the table,” Ms. Alexander said. “It’s not a belief. It’s discrimination.”

A BYU spokesperson declined to comment to The Denver Post.

 

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