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Belmont University Offers Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

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Belmont, the alma-mater of many a CCM artist and worship leader, now offers benefits to legally married same-sex couples. For your schooling may I suggest, instead, Liberty University?

Belmont University, a nondenominational school in Nashville, also offer benefits to “all legally married couples,” university counsel Jason Rogers told CT. The school offered those benefits to legally married same-sex couples before the recent Supreme Court decision.

Belmont split from the Tennessee Baptist Convention in 2009 but requires its faculty and staff to uphold “Jesus as the Christ and as the measure of all things.” In 2011, the school added sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination policy, after a controversy involving its former women’s soccer coach.

After Indiana legalized same-sex marriage last fall, the University of Notre Dame and nearby Saint Mary’s immediately extended health care and other benefits to same-sex couples.

“Notre Dame is a Catholic university and endorses a Catholic view of marriage,” the university wrote in an email to the campus, according to the Associated Press. “However, it will follow the relevant civil law and begin to implement this change immediately.”

Leaders of some Christian schools fear that they could lose their tax-exempt status if they disagree with the legalization of same-sex marriage. Before the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on same-sex marriage, leaders of 74 Christian schools, colleges, and seminaries expressed their concerns to Congress.

Even so, few schools with evangelical ties are following in Notre Dame’s footsteps.

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