Hope College stands by its antihomosexuality policy

Board denies alumni petitions
Hope College alumni who had urged their alma mater to remove a controversial policy on homosexuality say they are deeply disappointed after the Board of Trustees denied their petitions.

“This is just the beginning [of a fight] because this is discriminatory,” said Ron Wiegerink, a 1961 graduate whose family has attended the college in Holland, Michigan, for three generations. “It is not at all what we have come to expect from Hope College.”

Several groups had challenged the college after officials rejected a campus appearance by Dustin Lance Black, screenwriter of an award- winning movie about murdered gay activist Harvey Milk.

The rejection was based on a 1995 policy stating the college “will not provide recognition, financial or logistical support for groups whose purposes include the advocacy or moral legitimization of homosexual behavior.”


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