Christian University Expels Student for Gay Marriage
Christian Minard was recently expelled by Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Okla., because she married her lesbian partner Kadyn Parks on March 17 in Albuquerque, N.M.
Minard was only one semester away from earning her sports management degree.
According to ReligionNews.com, Minard did sign the college's lifestyle covenant that prohibits “homosexual behavior” as part of the admission process.
The college is part of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, which sits adjacent to the school.
Minard, who attends the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in nearby Oklahoma City, claims she is a Christian.
"I had questions, but I worked through those questions," Minard told CNN. "And now I have a strong faith in God. And I believe you can still have faith in God and live a gay lifestyle."
Minard originally went to the school on a basketball scholarship, but met Park about three years ago. They got married in New Mexico because gay marriage is legal in that state.
Brad Davis, the vice president of student life at Southwestern Christian University, recently wrote Minard a letter to her parents' address, which stated 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.
As an American and a Christian, I do respect your choice, but I have to uphold the Lifestyle Covenant at SCU and confront you with our position. Due to this recent event, you will not be able to attend SCU in the future.
“There isn’t a similar program at an area university, so I’d have to change my program of study,” stated Minard. “And, being one semester from graduation means I have taken all my electives. I’ll lose all those credits if I transfer.”
“Students violate parts of that covenant all the time, but they don’t get expelled,” added Minard. “I didn’t even get a hearing, just a letter to my parents.”