The flap began last week when The Universe published a letter by Alex Hairston discussing the gay couple who had adopted a child on the TV sitcom "Modern Family."
In his letter, Hairston said a Mormon friend thought it would be better for a child to be in foster care or an orphanage than with two fathers, but Hairston wasn't sure.
"Personally, I can't say I'm opposed to a situation where a gay couple raises a child," he wrote, "but that could change if [LDS President Thomas S. Monson] marked it as a practice that should be avoided."
Hairson's letter prompted responses, including one from student Taylor Petty.
"Just as if we wouldn't want a child to grow up with a prostitute for a mother or a serial killer for a father," Petty said in his letter, according to a column by Hunter Schwartz, editor of Student Review, an off-campus newspaper, "we shouldn't accept a lesbian, gay or transgender parental model for young people."
Schwartz critiqued Petty's letter, saying, "Words like that are unproductive, offending those that disagree and failing to bring legitimacy to your argument."
Joel Campbell, a BYU journalism professor and The Universe's managing editor, did not see the letter until late Thursday. When he did, Campbell said Friday, he asked for it to be removed.
"The Daily Universe has removed the letter originally published here after several readers complained about its tone and approach to homosexuality," Campbell wrote in a statement on the paper's website. "The letter published in the Daily Universe did not represent the kind of understanding and respect that should accompany dialog on this issue. We regret that the letter was ever published."
Campbell, a columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune, said the paper is "trying to balance free speech and diversity of opinions in our letters, but this particular letter crossed the line." Students can "engage in a conversation about this issue [homosexuality]," he said, "but without name calling and lack of respect."
BYU has no interest in pursuing or punishing the students who produced or distributed the flier, Campbell said. "We count this as a learning experience."
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