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Union University (Jackson Sun file photo)

JACKSON, Tenn. — Union University officials say the school has withdrawn from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities after two schools in the council endorsed same-sex marriage.

The Jackson Sun reports that Union President Samuel Oliver notified the council of the school's withdrawal in a letter on Aug. 10.

In the letter, Oliver says Union's decision came after Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College endorsed same-sex marriage.

Oliver says the council held a meeting last fall to discuss the issue, and there were several other opportunities to address it. Oliver says it was his understanding that the two schools would withdraw from membership, but that has not been the case.

Union University had been a member of the council for 24 years.

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