Same-sex couples at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University have long been told they couldn’t hug, hold hands, kiss or date in public. If they did, they’d risk an investigation by the feared Honor Code Office, as well as punishment at their church or expulsion from school.
The honor code was always vague for same-sex couples. Attraction between two men or two women wasn’t banned, but “all forms of physical intimacy that gives expression to homosexual feelings” were.
That meant public displays of affection among same-sex couples were off limits.
That section of the code is gone now. LGBTQ students took that to mean they could be seen publicly with a significant other, and many of them celebrated what they viewed as a win.