Two major Christian educational organizations are tackling the subject of equality for all in very different ways. The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities has, for the most part, supported an “equality for all” initiative where current civil rights would be updated to include protections for people’s gender identity and sexual orientation. These legal protections would be focused on employment, public services and accommodation, and housing. In return they would seek legal exemptions for religious institutions and individuals to follow traditional Christian teachings as they interpret them. This way they could continue to treat marriage as between “a man and a woman” without worrying about government prosecution for discrimination. There are some members of the council that are vehemently against supporting this initiative, just as there are those on the LGBT side feeling that their motives can’t be trusted.
On the other hand, the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church are sending a strong, joint message, to the leaders of the church to be more inclusive. The church is calling for a general conference later this month to discuss the subject of LGBT inclusivity. The colleges and universities of the association want the church leaders to change the rules established at the 1972 general conference regarding homosexuality. There doesn’t seem to be any stipulation attached to the 93 school’s call for a revision to the church rules as there was by the CCCU, but we will have to wait and see what comes of the late February conference.