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Christian University Un-Invites Honor Student After Learning He’s Gay

| by Michael Allen

Hannibal-LaGrange University in Missouri un-invited a gay student after he outed himself.

Chase Martinson took a break from the school's nursing program in 2013.

He then posted on Facebook in December 2013:

I'm gay. Just so everyone knows for sure. It's official. And yes, I'll still see you guys in heaven. And no my status wasn't hacked.

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When Martinson tried to return to Hannibal-LaGrange in January, he was re-accepted and asked to apply to the Honors Program.

However, in March, Martinson got a letter
saying that his application to return was undergoing a “review process" and was in a state of inactivity.

The school's letter advised Martinson to read the Hannibal-LaGrange student handbook.

Martinson called the school's Office of Admissions about the letter.

“I asked to speak to the man who wrote me the letter," Martinson told ConnectTriStates.com. "He said that I had received it because I was outside the moral guidelines, and in the letter, it said two specific pages in the student handbook, pages 20 and 27, which deal with sexual misconduct, premarital sex acts, extramarital sex, homosexual acts."

Page 20 of the school handbook says:

Misuses of God’s gift will be understood to include, but will not be limited
to, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexual assault, homosexual actions, incest, adultery, fornication, and sex outside of marriage as defined by the State of Missouri is prohibited.


Page 27 says:

Sexual impropriety includes but is not limited to participation in, or appearance of, engaging in premarital sex, extramarital sex, homosexual activities, or cohabitations on or off campus. The promotion, and advocacy of, or ongoing practice of a homosexual lifestyle is contrary to institution expectations and is therefore prohibited.

"I just wanted to be me, and I never had any idea this would happen," Martinson told Daily RFT. "I thought I was already in, but then they send me this letter saying, 'Just kidding.'"

In response to the Christian school, Martinson wrote on Facebook:

It is very unfortunate that such a university, which stands so prominently on their Christian values, rebukes those who are not within those guidelines., selectively, of course. Well good thing Jesus Christ was never associated with sinners, thieves, prostitutes, cheats, the lame, etc. Hannibal-LaGrange University should be ashamed of itself, it's repugnant. Even if invited back, I would never return to a university where I was bullied, ridiculed and put down just because of the way I am.

Sources: Daily RFT, Facebook, ConnectTriStates.com