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Lambda Legal: Augusta counseling student could hurt LGBT youth

Augusta State University student Jennifer Keeton

Lambda Legal has filed a friend-of-the-court brief opposing an Augusta State University graduate student’s claim that her constitutional rights were violated when the school threatened to expel her because of her Christian belief that being gay or transgender is immoral.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court Southern Division in Augusta, argues counseling graduate student Jennifer Keeton’s First Amendment rights were violated by the university because it stated her biblical opposition to homosexuality — that she would state in class and to other students — went against the professional code for being an ethical counselor.

Keeton, who wants to be a secondary school counselor, is represented by the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian organization dedicated to defending “traditional family values.”

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Pro-gay counter-protesters outnumber KKK in Augusta

The permit said 100 Ku Klux Klan members in hoods would be standing outside the gates of Augusta State University between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 23 to protest the faculty’s alleged embrace of LGBT issues. Instead, one dozen bedraggled-looking men in fatigues marched onto the lawn, shouted for about a half hour and left, leaving over 200 counter-protesters wondering what all the fuss had been about.

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Ku Klux Klan to rally in favor of anti-gay Christian student who sued Augusta State University

The Ku Klux Klan will be at Augusta State College later this month showing support of a counseling student who sued the university for forcing her to undergo a “remediation” program due to her anti-gay stances, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

The Chronicle reported today that Bobby Spurlock, “who identified himself as the imperial wizard knighthawk and grand dragon of South Carolina and North Carolina” said the KKK is protesting the university’s decision that Jennifer Keeton undergo a remediation program to learn more about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people after she told professors and students she believed homosexuality to be immoral.

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Ga. student sues university after asked to change anti-gay views

Jen Keeton is suing university over gay claims

An Augusta, Ga., graduate student is suing her university alleging the school violated her constitutional rights by saying she needed to change her anti-gay views in order to graduate.

The Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian organization dedicated to defending “traditional family values,” represents Jennifer Keeton, 24, a counseling graduate student at Augusta State University.

Keeton claims in her suit, filed July 21, the school threatened to expel her because of her Christian belief that being gay or transgender is immoral and that she needed to go through a “remediation program” that included diversity and sensitivity classes about LGBT issues. The remediation program also included the suggestion Keeton attend Augusta’s first Gay Pride parade on June 19 and write about it, the suit claims.

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ASU student sues university for threatened expulsion

An Augusta State University graduate student is suing the university over allegations that school officials are requiring her to go through a remediation program after she claimed homosexuality is a behavioral choice.