Officials at a Christian college in Michigan state that they will now extend “marriage” benefits to their homosexual employees following the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring that all 50 states must legalize same-sex nuptials. Hope College in Holland, Mich. recently announced its decision to the college community. “In employment policy and practice, Hope College has always followed the state’s legal definition of marriage,” Hope College President John Knapp wrote in a statement. “Spouses are eligible for benefits, so long as their marriage is legally recognized the state of Michigan.” 

But the college says that its beliefs about homosexuality being a violation of God’s law have not changed, and it will not allow its chapel to be used for same-sex ceremonies.“Hope College does not discriminate in employment policy and practices on the basis of sexual orientation or marital status, and the school does not intend to start doing so now,” Jennifer Fellinger, Vice President for Public Affairs and Marketing, told the Holland Sentinel. “As it has in the past, Hope College welcomes students, staff and faculty based on their ability to contribute to the life of the college, not on their sexual orientation or marital status.” MORE