We call on Loyola University Chicago to end the discriminatory policy banning same sex ceremonies on campus.
As a recent transfer student, I spent my first week on campus enamored by all Loyola has to offer. I was particularly impressed with its expressed commitment to social justice rooted in the Jesuit tradition. I felt proud of my new home and excited about the next two years.
That same week, my fiance and I started to plan our wedding. Mary and I have been Edgewater residents for over two years and imagine celebrating our commitment with loved ones in the neighborhood, overlooking Lake Michigan. We were thrilled by the prospect of holding our ceremony at Loyola.
When I called to set up an appointment, I was told that Loyola doesn’t allow same sex ceremonies on campus and I was heartbroken. Because of our sexual orientation, because we are gay, we are banned from celebrating one of the most meaningful days of our lives on Loyola's campus.
The University boasts “unique and elegant venues... to make your once in a lifetime event truly memorable,” but not for same-sex couples -- not only in the Madonna Della Strada chapel, but in any of Loyola’s event spaces. By denying same-sex couples the privilege of celebrating our love and commitment on campus, the University communicates that the relationships of our heterosexual peers are more highly valued, accepted, and celebrated than our own. Policies such as these do nothing but harm the lgbtq community.
Loyola claims to embrace social justice and attempts to be a “home for all our students - embracing all races, sexes, gender identities, religions, ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, and abilities.”
We call on Loyola University Chicago to live up to these values and create a home for all, regardless of sexual orientation, by ending the discriminatory policy banning same sex ceremonies on campus.