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Oklahoma Lesbian Student Expelled For Marrying Her Girlfriend

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Southwestern Christian University student Christian Minard has been expelled from the Oklahoma college for marrying her girlfriend, reports Religion News Service.

The university is affiliated with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Bethany, Oklahoma, which has consistently opposed homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

ASouthwestern christian university oklahomas part of her admission requirements, 22-year-old Minard, who is one semester from completing her sports management degree, signed a lifestyle covenant that prohibits “homosexual behavior,” harassment, sexual misconduct, pornography, alcohol, tobacco and other “sins.”

Minard and Kadyn Parks were married on March 17. On July 9, a letter from the university’s vice president Brad Davis, arrived at Minard’s parents’ home, telling her she was being expelled.

The letter read in part:

“I was informed that you recently married someone of the same sex and saw a few pictures from Facebook. Of course, this is opposing to our view as an International Pentecostal Holiness denominational university as well as the Lifestyle Covenant that all students must agree and sign.”

Speaking to The Washington Post, Minard said “other students violate parts of the covenant all the time, but they don’t get expelled.”

Although university provost Connie Sjoberg declined to comment, she cited the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, which prohibits colleges from disclosing information about students, even to parents.

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  1. I don't agree with the school actions, what did she expect anyways? she went to a religious school, signed papers, and she expected the school to be ok with it after she got married?

    Posted by: Ryan | Jul 14, 2014 1:10:25 PM


  2. You don’t go touching a mad dog and not expected to get bitten.

    Posted by: Towlette | Jul 14, 2014 1:18:41 PM


  3. oh, the outpouring of religious love.

    remind me, again, where does jesus list the sins that would cause one to be kicked out of a religious organization? if it's all sinners, would there be anyone left?

    Posted by: northalabama | Jul 14, 2014 1:20:16 PM


  4. Is she kidding? What kind of news is it that a Pentecostal--A PENTECOSTAL--school would draw the line at same-sex marriage? On the hate scale, you've got your Sharia Muslims at the top, then your Westboro Baptists, then your Pentecostals.

    Find a secular school already.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Jul 14, 2014 1:21:09 PM


  5. The only comment I can make here is why would any gay person ever attend a homophobic Christian Bible-Thumping school in the first place? Don't tell me its because "God" loves all people. You are an idiot if you believe that. The Catholic Church, and all those who support and defend it, needs to be run out of America and back to the Vatican where it belongs.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jul 14, 2014 1:22:51 PM


  6. I just looked, the total enrollment of the school is under 700 students. And it's a proud Pentecostal Bible College. She quite the bubblehead.

    Posted by: MIke | Jul 14, 2014 1:28:30 PM


  7. If this school has federal accreditation and students can receive federal student aid, including federal student loans, to attend, she may have a case.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 14, 2014 1:39:08 PM


  8. I guess I am mostly surprised that there was no hearing or form of due process. I must have been naïve in thinking that every college had a formal process of investigating allegations.

    Posted by: Michael | Jul 14, 2014 1:39:22 PM


  9. The letter she got isn't even in English. If that letter writer is typical of the staff and faculty of that school, then she's much better off at a properly accredited school where she might even be taught how to write her own native language.

    Posted by: TomTallis | Jul 14, 2014 1:50:05 PM


  10. OKLAHOMOPHOBIA

    Posted by: danswon | Jul 14, 2014 1:56:58 PM


  11. It's a crappy rule but she signed the agreement. She knew what she was joining into; she can't then get upset when she goes against their rules. No one to blame but herself.

    Maybe she'll be able to transfer and finish her studies elsewhere and take a lesson away from this.

    Posted by: RB | Jul 14, 2014 1:59:42 PM


  12. It's a crappy rule but she signed the agreement. She knew what she was joining into; she can't then get upset when she goes against their rules. No one to blame but herself.

    Maybe she'll be able to transfer and finish her studies elsewhere and take a lesson away from this.

    Posted by: RB | Jul 14, 2014 1:59:42 PM


  13. She did sign the papers, then she broke the agreement. Although a very crappy move and very crappy timing, the school is totally within its rights to kick her out.

    Why in the world didn't she wait until after graduating to marry her partner?

    Posted by: Raybob | Jul 14, 2014 2:06:12 PM


  14. Non-news, she got exactly what she signed on to. It would have been news if this happened at a public institution.

    Posted by: Critifur | Jul 14, 2014 2:08:06 PM


  15. But with an 87% acceptance rate, and a 27% graduation rate, perhaps she's not the sharpest bulb in the drawer.

    Posted by: Raybob | Jul 14, 2014 2:09:07 PM


  16. "But with an 87% acceptance rate, and a 27% graduation rate, perhaps she's not the sharpest bulb in the drawer."

    At a school with stats like that, she could be on dean's list.

    Posted by: BobN | Jul 14, 2014 2:12:09 PM


  17. She attends a Christian university that is based on biblical faith and lifestyle. She knew that when she first decided to attend the school. She chose to violate the tenets of the university, and refuses to abide by its policies. She should find a university that is more in line with her views if she wants to marry a woman.

    Posted by: Malcolm | Jul 14, 2014 2:21:51 PM


  18. She attends a Christian university that is based on biblical faith and lifestyle. She knew that when she first decided to attend the school. She chose to violate the tenets of the university, and refuses to abide by its policies. She should find a university that is more in line with her views if she wants to marry a woman.

    Posted by: Malcolm | Jul 14, 2014 2:21:52 PM


  19. Couldn't she have waited just a few more months and marry after graduation? Why be so impulsive and risk expulsion when so close to the end?

    Posted by: Hawthorne | Jul 14, 2014 2:25:21 PM


  20. Being forced out of a church job because of my orientation was one of the best things to ever happen to me. I suspect Minard will eventually see this the same way.

    Posted by: jimstoic | Jul 14, 2014 2:40:52 PM


  21. "Why be so impulsive and risk expulsion when so close to the end?"

    I will admit to not knowing what a graduate of SWCU's undergraduate program in sports management can expect after graduation, employment-wise. One hopes that she realized that she needed to break out and away from this school's questionable academic standards and transfer to a school that would offer her a proper liberal arts education. This situation would make for a reasonable exit strategy.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jul 14, 2014 2:44:41 PM


  22. "She attends a Christian university that is based on biblical faith and lifestyle"

    yes, true, but did she believe the lifestyle covenant would be applied fairly and equally across all sins, for all students, or do they practice selective enforcement? for example:

    lying? liars who are unrepentant, and are repeat offenders? cheaters caught more than once?

    premarital sex? are all the students virgins and celibate? how do they test? if someone continues to have sex, are they eventually expelled? what if they pleasure themselves? how does the school know?

    married student adulterers? what if this isn't the first affair?

    convicted thieves? those who continue to disobey their parents? students who regularly work on sunday?

    Posted by: northalabama | Jul 14, 2014 2:53:19 PM


  23. If you're openly lesbian or gay or transgender and a member of any church that proclaims that the Bible is the "inerrant word of God" or you're a student or an employee of any educational organization that includes in its name the words Catholic or Christian or the name of a specific religion or sect, I think you can expect trouble -- expulsion, firing, shunning, excommunication, ridicule or even violence. It's a sad, lamentable fact, but you should be prepared for all manner of discrimination.

    Posted by: Bryan L | Jul 14, 2014 2:55:20 PM


  24. "She attends a Christian university that is based on biblical faith and lifestyle"

    So isn't getting married exactly what they want their students to do?

    Posted by: Owens | Jul 14, 2014 3:32:40 PM


  25. It's a Pentacostal University. She signed an agreement.

    Pentacostals are just horrible people anyway; I don't feel sorry for her at all.

    And this University - what a crap-hole. Go to a community college, and last year get your degree at a real University.

    When someone applying for a job has a degree from a religion affiliated University, it's a red-flag. I won't say I wouldn't hire someone just because of that, but I certainly do scrutinize the applicant for the obvious potential problems from a hire with a degree from a crappy institution.

    Posted by: Pookie | Jul 14, 2014 3:42:40 PM


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