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Baylor University In America Just Lifted Its Ban On Homosexual Acts

08/07/2015 10:04 BST | Updated 08/07/2015 10:59 BST
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A university in America has announced it has lifted its ban on homosexual acts - which were previously categorised alongside incest, sexual abuse and sexual assault.

Baylor University in Waco, Texas, dropped the specific references to homosexuality from its sexual conduct policy, although adultery and fornication still remain violations of the institution's code.

It is not clear where the university stands on gay marriage, only stating "physical sexual intimacy is to be expressed in the context of marital fidelity".

A spokesperson for the university said: "These changes were made because we didn’t believe the language reflected Baylor’s caring community", Dallas News reported. "

"We are pleased with the recent changes to the policy language and that it states more plainly the expectations of the university."

The issue was first raised in 2013, when a student called for the change, however it was vetoed by the student union president.

Former Baylor student Brittney Griner, who is now a professional basketball player, had to remove photos of her girlfriend from Twitter after the university's policy became an issue.

"I would love to be an ambassador for Baylor, to show my school pride, but it's hard to do that — it's hard to stand up and say, 'Baylor is the best!' — when the administration has a written policy against homosexuality," Griner previously told USA Today.

The athlete, who became the first openly gay athlete to sign with Nike, also claimed she was told by her school coach not to be public about her sexuality because it would hurt recruiting.