Antigay GA counseling student sues university
A conservative student at a Georgia University has filed suit against the school–claiming it told her that her anti-gay beliefs are incompatible with the standards of her desired profession.
Jennifer Keeton is currently enrolled in Augusta State University’s Counselor Education Program. According to her lawsuit, instructors at the school took issue with Keeton stating that homosexuality is a choice – and received reports from students that she had expressed an interest in “conversion therapy” outside of class.
Keeton is being represented by the right-wing Alliance Defense Fund, and appears in a video on the group’s website.
Keeton: “The school counseling faculty has decided that my views are not acceptable for me or to share with other students., and because of that they have required a remediation plan in which the end result would be altering my beliefs or being dismissed from the program.”
ADF claims the school violated Keeton’s civil rights.
A spokesperson for the American School Counselor Association sent OutQ the organization’s guidelines for dealing with LGBT youth – which state that counselors must recognize “that sexual orientation is not an illness and does not require treatment. The school did not return a call for comment.