Student expelled after posting wedding photos

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Posted on July 13, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - A moment of happiness for an Oklahoma same-sex couple was ruined when they returned from their honeymoon to find one of the women had been expelled from school for marrying the other.

Christian Mynard's said posting one of the pictures to Facebook from her wedding to her girlfriend was enough to get her expelled from school.

"I've never seen anything like that before so I was utterly in shock," she said.
She received a letter from Southwestern Christian University the day she got back from her honeymoon.

It reads in part: “Due to this recent event, you will not be able attend SCU in the future.”
"It compares gay marriage to being able to smoke a cigarette in a restaurant and I felt like it was a very degrading letter," Mynard said.

Mynard is a graduating senior. She had academic and athletic scholarships to play basketball.
Before being accepted, each student must sign a code of conduct agreeing to the religious standards of the school.

"It wasn't something I just signed and went on with, but the desire to play basketball and remain in sports and be apart of the team was there, and the desire to continue my education with a scholarship was there," she said.

The student handbook includes what it calls a lifestyle covenant.

It reads similar to the Bible verse galatians 5:19, listing what the school considers sinful acts--among those is homosexuality.

But Mynard said she's being held to a different standard than other students.

"Also in the handbook it says that not maintaining your health is against school policy.  Well they're not punishing the obese students in our school, or they're not punishing students who are having premarital sex," she said.

Ryan Keisle with the ACLU is supporting her stance

"Here, this university's own student code prohibits discrimination and what we have right here is a case of discrimination where Christian was singled out and expelled without any notice whatsoever," he said.

Southwestern Christian University would not comment on the situation.
 

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