Hope College won't remove homosexuality policy


HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) -

The board of Hope College has declined to remove a 1995 policy that condemns homosexual behavior and advocacy.

The Holland Sentinel and The Grand Rapids Press reported that the board of the Christian college on May 7 decided to keep the policy. Alumni, student and community groups had joined to petition the board to drop the policy, forming under the name Holland Is Ready.

The board said, however, that the policy could be amended by a committee.

The petition effort and formation of Holland Is Ready followed a 2009 decision by the college to not allow openly gay filmmaker Dustin Lance Black to host an on-campus screening of his Academy Award-winning film "Milk." Black was also barred from hosting a community discussion at the school.

Several community screenings and discussions, both attended by Black, were held at a later date in Holland and were well-attended by community members.

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