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Mormon school removes gay-marriage cards at store

By Lindsay Whitehurst

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore Tuesday.

Placed by Hallmark, the cards reading "Mr. and Mr." and "Mrs. and Mrs." were quickly removed when bookstore staff discovered them after photos surfaced online. The outside vendor stocked the shelves without realizing the school wouldn't want to sell the cards marketed to buyers celebrating unions between two brides and two grooms, BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said.

It wasn't immediately clear when they were placed, but Jenkins said they weren't up long. BYU staffers have spoken with the company about leaving similar cards off university store shelves in the future. The school doesn't plan on ending its contract with Hallmark.

"This was just someone stocking the shelves who wasn't aware," she said. "We've been able to work with them."

Asked why they were removed, Jenkins referenced the BYU honor code. It states that while being attracted to people of the same gender doesn't violate the honor code, acting on those feelings is a violation.

"Homosexual behavior includes not only sexual relations between members of the same sex, but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings," it states.

BYU is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has stood behind its belief that marriage should only be between a man and a woman despite a growing societal movement in support of legalizing gay marriage.

A call to Hallmark wasn't immediately returned.

Samy Galvez, president of the group Understanding Same Gender Attraction (USGA) and a senior at BYU, said changes to the honor code in 2007 and 2010 allowed students to talk about their sexual orientation without fear of being expelled.

Though he declined to comment on the greeting cards, calling it an accident, Galvez said he's generally found a welcoming environment at BYU.

"I was really amazed to see how welcoming and how loving people are," he said. "Even though you know people adhere to a standard of conduct of not advocating for same-sex marriage, at the same time that doesn't mean they aren't capable of showing empathy."

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lbrady1234 August 20 2014 at 5:34 PM

Good for them, it's their right to exclude perversion and I wholeheartedly agree!

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MERLIN August 20 2014 at 5:57 PM

there is still a little good left in this world

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sbm54pswf August 20 2014 at 5:42 PM

Praise The Lord someone has the courage to stand up for marriage based on Biblical Principal. I PRAY TO GOD THAT YOU CAN REMAIN STRONG IN YOUR DETERMINATION. GOD BLESS YOUR EFFORT.

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prnyl August 20 2014 at 5:20 PM

Liberals never stop pushing their agendas and that is their undoing in the end!

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davandsher August 20 2014 at 7:11 PM

It's a Mormon school ! Gay Marriage cards are against what they teach. Let's keep perversion out of any School

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bentbouy1 August 20 2014 at 5:21 PM

Good for them - their store and against their religion so what is wrong. Go to a million other stores.

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ganderrrr bentbouy1 August 20 2014 at 8:41 PM

I do not believe the Book of Mormon says one word about greeting cards.

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virginmrq bentbouy1 August 21 2014 at 8:41 AM

they are NOT CHRISTIANS!
they are a cult from some guy who believed he was demigod

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bharrison777 virginmrq August 21 2014 at 11:01 AM

But I bet you don't call all these muslims a cult do you.

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emilina29 virginmrq August 21 2014 at 11:25 AM

They are the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Church of JESUS CHRIST! How can you not be a Christian if you follow Christ? Joseph Smith was "some guy" who translated The Book of Mormon which is another testament of JESUS CHRIST. Joseph Smith was/is never worshiped or considered a demigod. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints also follow the teachings in the Old and New Testaments. They follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ IS the head of their Church. They celebrate Easter and Christmas and focus on Jesus during those celebrations. They have church every Sunday for 3 hours learning about JESUS and how to be more like Him. Check your facts before making slanderous remarks.

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grw63 August 20 2014 at 5:26 PM

And yet another proof that the Mormon church, which didn't allow African Americans to join until 1978, is still stuck on the wrong side of history - and proud of it. And the Republican party actually thought that a member of this religious cult had a chance of being elected POTUS.

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blackcoffeeparty August 20 2014 at 5:59 PM

And Mitt the twit is a member of the cult of the Mormon church. Any more reason that he should never be in the White House unless he's taking the tour

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theomegaman72 August 20 2014 at 5:25 PM

Why is this news? the cards were removed-end of story.

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virginmrq theomegaman72 August 21 2014 at 8:45 AM

because they are saying someone who God made in his own image,and who was BORN that way, is somehow not worthy of having a marriage.
when they have more than one wife. and funny ,women cannot have more than one husband,so they denegrate women.

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Dan theomegaman72 August 21 2014 at 9:20 AM

viginmrq ~ Mormons ended polygamy decades ago tho a few sects still practice it albeit illegally and without approval of main church. Hey! You may not agree with policies/ moral rules of Mormons but every religion has the right to make and enforce its own rules. ♣

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Judy & Mike August 20 2014 at 9:56 PM

Good for the Mormons for taking a stand for what is right. May God bless them for doing what is right.

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