Thousands join campaign launched by students at Pepperdine demanding school stop denying recognition of gay-straight alliance

More than 4,000 people, including hundreds of Pepperdine University students, alumni, and faculty, have joined a growing online petition campaign urging Pepperdine to stop denying recognition of a gay-straight alliance club on campus. Alexander Cooper, a senior at Pepperdine, started the petition campaign on Change.org after Pepperdine refused to recognize Reach OUT, a campus group seeking to become an official gay-straight alliance. Pepperdine has refused to recognize a gay-straight alliance at least four times in the past decade, reportedly telling students that doing so would be in conflict with the school’s religious tenets and that a gay-straight alliance would be “against God’s will.” Mark Davis, Dean of Students at Pepperdine University can be reached at mark.davis@pepperdine.edu.

Article adapted by Proud Parenting from original press release.