Shaun Melady, a student at Harding University, writes in the Advocate online magazine that “I am a 22-year-old gay guy at a Christian college and I am tired of hiding.”

I am fed up with the worry, angst, and fear about what other “Christians” are going to think. I am sick of the judgmental glares that come my way when I walk through the halls. I am tired of thinking in a worrisome manner about what the next words should be that come out of my mouth because I don’t want the “people of God” to think that I am some kind of grotesque being.

Melady thus becomes the latest in a long line of gay Harding University students who find the form of Christianity practiced there — one that does not hold with queers — unwelcoming. Did they expect something else from a school that explicitly forbids even heterosexual conjugations on campus because they are “unacceptable to God”? 

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Harding may have to change the wording in its handbook once gay marriage is legalized in Arkansas. The handbook seems to say only that sex before marriage is wrong. 

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