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Supreme Court Lets Stand Firing of University HR Administrator Who Said Gays 'Violate God's Divine Order'

Back in 2008, Andy posted about Crystal Dixon, the then University of Toledo associate vice president of human resources who was fired after writing an article in the Toledo Free Press in which she said gays "violate God's divine order," and later told reporters at her church that she had a divine mandate to write the column.

DixonSaid Dixon, in part, "As a Black woman...I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are civil rights victims. I cannot wake up tomorrow and not be a Black woman. Daily thousands of homosexuals make a life decision to leave the gay lifestyle."

Dixon filed suit as a result of the firing, saying the administrators violated her First Amendment rights by retaliating against her for her speech and also violated her 14th Amendment right to equal protection under the law. Late last year, a federal appeals court upheld her firing, saying that her column "contradicted the very policies she was charged with creating, promoting, and enforcing," and cannot be excused as merely a statement of her own views as a private citizen.

Now, on the first day of its 2014 term, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand the appeals court ruling, meaning that Dixon's accusation that the university violated her constitutional rights appears unwarranted. 

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  1. Boosh! Thank you for this, I love follow up pieces that show justice being done.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Oct 9, 2013 12:06:19 PM


  2. Smackdown! Let this serve as a warning to anyone with similar ideas and attitude that they will be dealt with, especially if they are operating and discriminating under color of authority.

    Posted by: Jerry | Oct 9, 2013 12:17:06 PM


  3. Haters going to hate and potatoes going to potate and this slizz got what she deserved and a bonus Johnny Cash middle finger from the SCOTUS.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Oct 9, 2013 12:17:30 PM


  4. She CAN wake up tomorrow and not be an ignoramus, however. She just CHOOSES not to.

    Posted by: sundayboy | Oct 9, 2013 12:21:25 PM


  5. When ever i hear this kind of people saying things like 'divine mandate' all i can think about is
    GOD LOVES UGANDA!
    Why do they not have a divine mandate to be loving caring and humane, instead of so misleading with their false god loving message

    Posted by: xael | Oct 9, 2013 12:24:21 PM


  6. As an out and proud black, gay man, I took great umbrage to her ignorant, bigoted notions that I chose a "gay lifestyle," whatever that is, or that gay rights aren't civil rights. She truly needs a history lesson, which hopefully she'll have plenty of time for now that she lost her case. Good riddance!

    Posted by: Ron | Oct 9, 2013 12:25:58 PM


  7. As an out and proud black, gay man, I took great umbrage to her ignorant, bigoted notions that I chose a "gay lifestyle," whatever that is, or that gay rights aren't civil rights. She truly needs a history lesson, which hopefully she'll have plenty of time for now that she lost her case. Good riddance!

    Posted by: Ron | Oct 9, 2013 12:25:58 PM


  8. She can always move to Russia or Kuwait!

    Posted by: litper | Oct 9, 2013 12:38:06 PM


  9. What pack of crazies twisted her mind enough to make such a fool of herself publicly? Guessing at least one of them was called Bishop. She can move to Flarda and work for Hail Mary U.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Oct 9, 2013 12:43:04 PM


  10. Nice to see that the notion that her civil rights are different than those of other people came back to bite her in the ass. Good-bye, Crystal Dixon.

    Posted by: deke | Oct 9, 2013 12:48:19 PM


  11. Every time this SCOTUS does something right, I'm shocked -- and that's two more right things in just a couple of days (this and the VA sodomy case).

    Maybe the lunatic moron Republican crazies aren't as in charge of the Court as they wish they were?

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Oct 9, 2013 12:59:31 PM


  12. Way too ignorant to be employed in a university or any educational setting

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Oct 9, 2013 1:03:51 PM


  13. Common sense decision.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Oct 9, 2013 1:11:07 PM


  14. As a white gay man I'm shocked that someone who seems to be so smart is just working for the devil despite having been through the civil rights fight herself.
    Talk about not learning any lessons.
    Try googling 1500 animal species exhibit homosexuality, and learn something.
    Why would God create 1500 animals, who act purely on instinct and do not "choose" to go against their very nature, with natural homosexual tendencies? Everywhere you look there are gays. That's because God created nature, while MAN wrote the lies in the Bible.

    Posted by: Michael Heynz | Oct 9, 2013 1:13:48 PM


  15. If only I were there to point and laugh at her a la Nelson from The Simpsons when she got the news...

    Posted by: John | Oct 9, 2013 1:30:33 PM


  16. Good! It's always nice to see some dumb-@$$ evangelical get b*tched-slapped, especially by SCOTUS.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 9, 2013 1:37:50 PM


  17. Poor thing really needs to return to school for an education. How in the world did she get a position in HR ? Oh, Affirmative action.

    Posted by: Stephen | Oct 9, 2013 1:42:11 PM


  18. This is what happens when you choose an under qualified person to fill quotas in the name of diversity and political correctness.

    Now maybe this time, they'll choose the *best person for the job.

    Posted by: Andrew82 | Oct 9, 2013 1:55:41 PM


  19. Her rights to free speech were not violated - but with free speech comes consequences. She doesn't seem to understand that.

    Now that she has more free time on her hands, she can write more editorials - and proudly display her bigotry and ignorance.

    Posted by: Mitch | Oct 9, 2013 2:14:05 PM


  20. Sorry. Crystal Dixon is a porno name. Can't get past it. Har! Har! Har!

    Posted by: Geoff | Oct 9, 2013 2:19:42 PM


  21. Thank you SCOTUS. Good riddance!

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 9, 2013 2:21:20 PM


  22. I'm tempted to do a Nelson impersonation...

    Posted by: Pitt90 | Oct 9, 2013 2:32:00 PM


  23. Keep in mind that the outcome depends on what state you live in as some states provide higher levels of free-speech protection than the U.S. Constitution does. The Supreme Court ruling mentioned above applies to federal law, not state law.

    http://www.bbklaw.com/88E17A/assets/files/Documents/BBK-LE-Update2012-Retaliation-Materials.PDF has a description of some of the issues (this is specific to California):

    "Labor Code sections 1101 and 1102 protect employees from retaliation by their employer for engaging in political activity. Further, Labor Code section 96(k) protects employees from retaliation for engaging in lawful off-duty conduct."

    and

    "The First Amendment and the California Constitution protect employees engaging in free speech or other activities from retaliation. Generally, public employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees for engaging in speech regarding matters of public concern. See Sowards v. Loudon County (6th Cir. 2000) 203
    F.3d 426."

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 9, 2013 2:36:18 PM


  24. Would someone tell me what this "gay lifestyle " is.........
    I want to find it, try it and have a good time.
    Instead I'm working under pressure morning, noon and night...totally stressed, suffering insomnia and being pulled, professionally, to manage every crisis that comes up.
    God damn it........where's the effing 'lifestyle' ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 9, 2013 2:45:52 PM


  25. She is in desperate need of some education about sexual orientation.

    Posted by: David | Oct 9, 2013 2:48:54 PM


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