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Protests over BYU's Honor Code reach New York City

Posted at 11:13 AM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 13:16:59-04

Protests continue after BYU clarified recent changes to their honor code, and on Saturday, one protest was thousands of miles from the university.

Supporters of the LGBTQ community spoke the same message as local protests outside the LDS Temple in New York.

"We just see this as not just a BYU issue, but a human rights issue," said Caleb Jenson, a BYU alumni, live from the event. "We are standing in support, and we want to hold BYU and the church accountable for attempting to mask this homophobic policy."

Participants say the protest was organized through social media.

The event was especially important to Tanner Forbes, a former BYU student who is a member of the LGBTQ community.

“When I was there, I was turned in, and I was in trouble with a lot of different things. But one of them was LGBT…being gay and dating,” Forbes said.

Though the event happened thousands of miles away, participants hope the message can be heard back in Utah.

BYU maintains that same-sex romantic behavior cannot lead to eternal marriage, and therefore is not compatible with the school’s honor code.