Emory University Board Bars Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies in Campus Chapels

The board of Emory University decided unanimously on June 19 to prohibit same-sex commitment ceremonies involving lesbians or gay men in the university’s nondenominational chapels. The board’s chair, Bradley Currey Jr., did not find this decision inconsistent with the university’s nondiscrimination policy, which allows faculty, staff and students equal access to university resources regardless of their sexual preferences. University President William Chace, however, espoused more liberal views earlier in June. He called an Emory dean’s prevention of a gay union ceremony in the chapel on Emory’s auxiliary campus “inappropriate” in light of the nondiscrimination policy. The board’s ban against same-sex commitment ceremonies is temporary and may change at its next meeting in November.


The New York Times - June 20, 1997

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