School Wins Case Against Counseling Student Expelled for Anti-Gay Views
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- 2012 Jul 16
A Georgia student has lost another round in her battle with Augusta State University over her expulsion from the school's counseling program for saying she disagreed with homosexuality and wanted to work with conversion therapy -- helping clients stop living a gay lifestyle -- after graduation, WORLD News Service reports. School administrators demanded Jennifer Keeton complete a remediation plan to "correct" her views on working with homosexual clients, and kicked her out of the program when she refused. Last week, a state district court judge dismissed Keeton's case against the school, concluding that administrators did not violate her constitutional rights. The case hinged on whether the policies governing the counseling program were neutral and generally applicable to all students, regardless of their religious beliefs, and judge J. Randall Hall of the Southern District of Georgia determined that they were. Attorneys on both sides have declined to comment outside the courtroom because Hall prohibited public statements about the case.