University Changes Policies To Prevent Gay Couples From Getting Married On Campus Grounds

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Rather than allow newly-legal same-sex marriages on its campus, Loyola University Chicago has formalized a policy so restrictive it excludes any gay couple — and all but a few straight ones — from having their wedding at school facilities.

Critics say Loyola’s policy is a maneuver to deliberately exclude same-sex couples, leaving some students and alumni outraged at the change, DNAinfo Chicago reports.

Ahead of the Illinois same-sex marriage law’s June 1 effective date, the school adopted a new policy enacted just last December: Only Catholic-sanctioned weddings between a man and a woman (who must have ties to Loyola or at least be active members of a Catholic church) may get married at the school’s Madonna della Strada Chapel. The policy forbids all other ceremonies — religious or otherwise — at campus facilities, including the popular Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon Hills. Receptions on campus facilities are still allowed.

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