Administrators with Hope College in Holland, Michigan, announced “gay” married couples affiliated with their school will now be granted the same benefits heterosexuals get, a direct outcome of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling.
Hope is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, which does not condone homosexuality but professes adherence to the Christian faith.
“In employment policy and practice, Hope College has always followed the state’s legal definition of marriage,” Hope College president John Knapp said, the Blaze reported. “Spouses are eligible for benefits so long as their marriage is legally recognized by the state of Michigan.”
Jennifer Fellinger, the director of public affairs and marketing at the school, said the college doesn’t have a different set of standards or policies for “gay” couples, versus heterosexual couples.
“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,” she said, to the Holland Sentinel.
That respect for “gay” unions doesn’t translate into the campus chapel, however. All marriages performed in the campus chapel must abide by the Reformed Church in America’s definition of marriage, as a “joyous covenanting between a man and a woman,” the Blaze reported.
Meanwhile, officials at Belmont University in Tennessee have been offering benefits to “gay” couples who were legally married for some time. The Blaze reported