Oklahoma Lesbian Student Expelled For Marrying Her Girlfriend

Southwestern Christian University student Christian Minard has been expelled from the Oklahoma college 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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Comments

  1. Ryan says

    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?

  2. northalabama says

    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?

  3. Sean in Dallas says

    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.

  4. says

    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.

  5. MIke says

    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.

  6. Mike says

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

  7. Michael says

    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.

  8. TomTallis says

    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.

  9. RB says

    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.

  10. RB says

    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.

  11. Raybob says

    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?

  12. BobN says

    “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.

  13. Malcolm says

    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.

  14. Malcolm says

    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.

  15. Hawthorne says

    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?

  16. jimstoic says

    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.

  17. The Milkman says

    “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.

  18. northalabama says

    “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?

  19. Bryan L says

    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.

  20. Owens says

    “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?

  21. Pookie says

    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.

  22. Tarc says

    Frankly, there really is nothing to a ‘religious college’. The entire point of undergraduate education is to provide a master of all the FACTS and CONCEPTS of a field of study. When a school refuses to acknowledge FACTS and edits which CONCEPTS they will teach (and worse, I suppose, reinforced the idea that one should not objectively think about anything, which is what religious education demands), it is not actually a place of education.

  23. Chadd says

    If the grammatical error-ridden letter she received is any indication, she was receiving a sub standard education anyway. It is doubtful that the school is accredited (most “Bible” colleges aren’t), so she won’t be able to transfer credits and will need to start over.

    Can’t say I feel sorry for her. She knew what she was enrolling in and should not be surprised that they enforced their own rules. She wasn’t smart enough to wait a few more months to get married, so she brought it on herself.

  24. fanboi says

    I never understand LGBT students would would willingly pay tuition to any “religious” school, that not only doesn’t really want them there, but also will remove them at the first opportunity.

    Why would she go to school there?

  25. JJ says

    Everyone seems to assume that A) the school was her choice, not her parents’, and B) this isn’t the outcome she wanted. She’s a lesbian child of a family who would send her to a fundamentalist Christian school. She just married a woman. This event is no doubt just one detail of a much larger story.

  26. emjayay says

    It’s not uncommon for someone to sign up for a school when they are in high school that is all wrong a couple years later, whether it’s your major or politics or religion or whatever. It is exactly the period when a lot of kids raised by anti-gay parents in an anti-gay environment (like almost all of them used to be) might figure things out. Often various types of figuring stuff out has a lot to do with the classes one takes and learning from fellow students, which was likely to not be the case here.

    But getting gay married now, obviously is idiotic. She should have transferred semesters ago, assuming this is not an overnight revelation. Ohmygod I’m gay! Think I’ll get married, um, tomorrow. Not likely. Or if she decided that was too much trouble or something to transfer, lie low just one more semester.

  27. emjayay says

    TomTallis, you got me to actually read the statement. Wow. Employing someone to write a statement (which would then be approved by probably more than one other official) who makes gross writing mistakes in every sentence no doubt says something about the quality of the institution!

  28. emjayay says

    I just want to point out to everyone that the typical “Christian” college, at least of the Liberty U or maybe even worse Pentecostal or evangelical etc. type is nothing like a real religious affiliated college like Catholic colleges and universities and maybe some others, which are real institutions of higher learning.

  29. Jerry 6 says

    When someone can PROVE that “Jesus” actually existed; was actually dead; and actually came back to life; (As opposed to actually being in a coma.); AND Rose up into the sky until he disappeared; I might just believe. In the meantime, I will spend my time “Loving my neighbor as my self” instead.

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