Alumni and students at Loyola University Chicago say they’re furious that the school changed its policy to prevent same-sex couples from getting married on campus.
The decision comes after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill into law that allows same-sex marriage.
The university said the policy does in fact represent its principles.
“Our policy reflects our desire to reserve and use our facilities and campuses for rituals and ceremonies that are congruent with our obligations and values as a Jesuit, Catholic institution,” said Maeve Kiley, a university spokeswoman. “That is why we are limiting weddings to Catholic ceremonies in our Catholic chapel.”
The policy, enacted in December, only allows Catholic-sanctioned weddings, between and man and a woman. The school’s iconic Madonna della Strada Chapel is a popular location for weddings.
The police also does not allow men and women in heterosexual relationships who are not Catholic to marry.
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