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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, 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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    Posted by: ToThePoint | Jul 14, 2014 4:05:30 PM

  2. 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.

    Posted by: Tarc | Jul 14, 2014 4:59:29 PM

  3. She should be grateful to be tossed from that indoctrination center (Hamas-style). Now, she can get a real life...

    Posted by: Tarc | Jul 14, 2014 5:00:42 PM

  4. Religion: not even once.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 14, 2014 5:35:01 PM

  5. 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.

    Posted by: Chadd | Jul 14, 2014 6:01:07 PM

  6. 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?

    Posted by: fanboi | Jul 14, 2014 6:14:28 PM

  7. 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.

    Posted by: JJ | Jul 14, 2014 8:59:51 PM

  8. 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.

    Posted by: emjayay | Jul 15, 2014 1:33:04 AM

  9. 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!

    Posted by: emjayay | Jul 15, 2014 1:38:36 AM

  10. 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.

    Posted by: emjayay | Jul 15, 2014 1:44:10 AM

  11. I teach at a Christian college, but am lucky that it is supportive of everyone. I hope she gets to graduate.

    Posted by: Ronny | Jul 15, 2014 8:58:14 AM

  12. Perhaps she couldn't read when she signed the agreement.

    Posted by: Pandion | Jul 15, 2014 2:54:31 PM

  13. 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.

    Posted by: Jerry 6 | Jul 16, 2014 8:54:33 PM

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