A private North Carolina Christian college is insisting that its faculty and staff sign a document that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion, the AP reports. One faculty member says she and eight of her colleagues have refused to sign it and are leaving the school. News media outlets report that part of Montreat College's "Community Life Covenant" expects those who work there to affirm "the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman" and the "worth of every human being from conception to death." Covenant opponents blame the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which contributed $100,000 to the college's scholarship fund last month. The association has denied any role in the covenant.
School spokesperson Adam Caress told the Charlotte Observer that only two faculty members have cited the school's "core documents," including the covenant, as the reason they will not return to the school after this semester. Corrie Greene, an English teacher at the school, said the document doesn't just pertain to what faculty do and say in the classroom and on campus. She is among the nine faculty members who said they won't be returning. "It says we must affirm and uphold the college's specific spiritual stances in our full 24 hour/seven-day-a-week personal life," Greene said. A small group of students gathered outside the school library on Wednesday to express concerns about the covenant. (Read more North Carolina stories.)