BYU pulls Gay Marriage Hallmark Cards

Greeting cards for same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore this past Tuesday.

The cards reading “Mr. and Mr.” and “Mrs. and Mrs.” were quickly removed when bookstore staff discovered them after photos surfaced online. Hallmark 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, spokeswoman Carri Jenkins stated.

It wasn’t clear when they were placed, but Jenkins had said they weren’t up long. BYU staffers have spoken with Hallmark about leaving similar cards off university shelves in the future. The school doesn’t plan on ending its contract with the card company.

“This was just someone stocking the shelves who wasn’t aware,” she continued. “We’ve been able to work with them.”

Asking why they were removed, she talked about the BYU honor code. It says that while being attracted to people of the same gender doesn’t violate the honor code, acting on those feelings is a violation and could lead to suspension or worse.

“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 says.

BYU is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has stood fast and strong its belief that marriage should only be between a man and a woman despite a growing movement in support of legalizing gay marriage, even in Utah.

Samy Galvez, who is the president of the group called Understanding Same Gender Attraction and a senior at BYU, said that changes to the honor code in 2007 and 2010 allowed students to talk about their sexual orientation without fear of being expelled.

Though he did not comment on the card incident, Galvez said that he’s generally found a welcoming environment at BYU.

“I was really amazed to see how welcoming and how loving people are,” he continued. “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.”