Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that state governments across the nation must issue and recognize same-sex marriages, some Christian colleges have begun to capitulate to the mounting pressure and change their policies regarding homosexuality. Hope College—a Reformed Church in America (RCA)-affiliated school in Holland, Michigan—has announced that it will begin to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of its employees.
Michigan, one of 14 states whose ban on same-sex marriage was still intact when the Supreme Court ruled on June 26, did not legally recognize those spousal relationships until the high court’s decision. “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,” Vice President Jennifer Fellinger 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