Group of gay alumni plans to celebrate Oral Roberts University homecoming

Saturday, February 17th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Tulsa-AP) -- Oral Roberts University has never had a homecoming like this before.

Gay alumni who kept their sexuality hidden throughout their years at the small Christian college plan to stage a ``coming out'' at the school's homecoming this weekend.

Nothing flamboyant is planned.

Gay alumnus Steve Wilkins of Los Angeles says the group plans a quiet fellowship among heterosexual graduates.

The group is calling itself O-R-U-OUT.

It will be one of the first times an openly gay group has participated in an official function at Oral Roberts. Several of the gay alumni say they will wear the group's T-shirts.

O-R-U-OUT members believe that gays can be good Christians involved in meaningful, same-sex relationships and still receive Christ's saving grace.