Results for - "I stand before my family, friends, and graduating class today to say that I am proud to be a gay son of God"

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Brigham Young University valedictorian Matt Easton came out as gay while delivering his graduation speech last week. Easton's speech, which he gave to BYU's College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences as the political science valedictorian, was met with applause and cheers from thousands in attendance. His speech was reviewed and approved by BYU officials before he gave it.

1. Brigham Young University valedictorian Matt Easton came out as gay while delivering his graduation speech last week. Easton's speech, which he gave to BYU's College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences as the political science valedictorian, was met with applause and cheers from thousands in attendance. His speech was reviewed and approved by BYU officials before he gave it. "Not many people are given a platform where they can speak in front of all their peers and these peers' families," he said. "I was nervous. I'm still a little nervous about it. You know there's people that are telling me I went too far, people telling me I didn't go far enough. Ultimately, I had to do what felt right to me." Do you admire the courage of this young man?

Yes
65%
1,504 votes
No
35%
796 votes
Easton said,

2. Easton said, "I have felt another triumph; that of coming to terms, not with who I thought I should be, but who the Lord has made me to be. As such, I stand before the Lord, my family, my graduating class today to say that I am proud to be a gay son of God." BYU's Honor Code doesn't ban gay students from the school but says students would be in violation of the code if they engage in what the school defines as "homosexual behavior," which not only includes having sexual relations with members of the same sex but all forms of physical intimacy that "give expression to homosexual feelings." Do you think the school did the right thing in approving Easton's speech even given their Honor Code?

Yes, I think the school did the right thing
52%
1,200 votes
No, the school should not have approved the speech
21%
489 votes
Undecided
27%
611 votes
My feeling is although religious teachings can be interpreted in many ways, it may be difficult to live as a religious openly gay person. From some of the comments I see here, you must be an extremely secure and courageous person to do so. Do you agree with this statement?

3. My feeling is although religious teachings can be interpreted in many ways, it may be difficult to live as a religious openly gay person. From some of the comments I see here, you must be an extremely secure and courageous person to do so. Do you agree with this statement?

Yes
49%
1,124 votes
Not sure
29%
674 votes
No
22%
502 votes
05/09/2019 Religion 2328 111 By: Harriet56

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