Court rules Ga. university can require counseling student to follow ethics code on gay clients
ATLANTA ó A federal court has upheld a ruling that Augusta State University in Georgia was within its rights to require a graduate school counseling student to keep her biblical views on gays to herself.
A three-judge panel ruled Friday that the university was following protocol when it put Jennifer Keeton on a remediation plan and threatened to expel her after she repeatedly said she would have difficulty working with gay clients.
The university argued that it would risk its accreditation if it didnít hold Keeton to a code of ethics. Keeton filed suit, claiming the institution was punishing her for her Christian views.
The Phoenix-based Alliance Defense Fund, which brought the suit, declined comment on the ruling.