Get ready to clutch your pearls and gasp so hard you black out. The Brigham Young University Bookstore removed a series of greeting cards aimed at congratulating same-sex couples on their marriage.
What you might be surprised at, is that they got there in the first place.
Hallmark cards reading “Mr. and Mr.” and “Mrs. and Mrs.” were quickly removed from the bookstore shelves after the staff were alerted by social media.
“The outside vendor stocked the shelves without realizing the school wouldn’t want to sell the cards marketed to buyers celebrating unions between two brides and two grooms,” BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said. She coted that the cards were likely not on the shelves long, but rest assured staffers have spoken with the company about leaving similar cards off university store shelves in the future.
“This was just someone stocking the shelves who wasn’t aware,” Jenkins said. “We’ve been able to work with them.”
Jenkins said the cards were removed because, while BYU is okay with the gay, it’s not okay with the gay marriage thing.
“Homosexual behavior includes not only sexual relations between members of the same sex, but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings,” the honor code states.
BYU is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has stood behind its belief that marriage should only be between a man and a woman despite a growing societal movement in support of legalizing gay marriage.
A call to Hallmark wasn’t immediately returned.
Samy Galvez, president of the group Understanding Same Gender Attraction (USGA) and a senior at BYU, said changes to the honor code in 2007 and 2010 allowed students to talk about their sexual orientation without fear of being expelled. Galvez said he’s generally found a welcoming environment at BYU, but declined to comment on the cards being removed from the store.
“I was really amazed to see how welcoming and how loving people are,” he said. “Even though you know people adhere to a standard of conduct of not advocating for same-sex marriage, at the same time that doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of showing empathy.