Brigham Young valedictorian comes out in graduation speech

Well, that happened quickly.

Just weeks after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints declared it would no longer ban baptisms for the children of gay parents, a Brigham Young University graduate came out during his valedictorian speech.

Matt Easton, a political science major, said in his speech, “I am proud to be a gay son of God.” Officials at the college, which is run by the church, approved his speech in advance.

In recent years, church doctrine opposing same-sex marriage and relations has been relaxed. In 2016, church leaders said that homosexuality is not a sin, but drew the line at behavior. In April, the month the church relaxed rules on baptisms of gay couples’ children, BYU students called on officials to be more compassionate with violations of the honor code.

The Bias Busters series has scheduled work on a guide about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the spring of 2020.

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