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Student Expelled After Same-Sex Marriage Accepted at Another School

An honor-roll student who was expelled from Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma after she married another woman is now enrolled at a different university in the same state.

Christian Minard said in a post to Facebook Tuesday, “Finally got into classes!! In the end this will all have worked out for the best! I now get to attend a university that is more than happy to have me there and has been extremely helpful towards me! Excited for this new beginning!”

Adrienne Nobles, assistant vice president for university relations at the University of Central Oklahoma, confirmed Minard is enrolled in fall classes at the school in Edmond.

In a statement, Nobles said an adviser to her school’s Students Alliance for Equality organization “reached out to Ms. Minard via Facebook after reading (news coverage of Minard’s expulsion) to offer support and encouragement as a fellow lesbian who recently married her partner.”

Earlier this month, in a letter that Minard shared with CNN, an administrator at Southwestern Christian University noted that he’d been told of Minard’s same-sex marriage and saw pictures of it posted to Facebook.

Such a union is in apparent conflict with the “lifestyle covenant” of the university “that all students must agree and sign,” he added.

“As an American and a Christian, I do respect your choice,” the administrator wrote. “(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.”

In a conversation through Facebook with CNN, Minard said Wednesday she has received mixed reactions from the public, but said many people reached out to share their own stories.

“The LGBTQ community greatly reached out to me. Many of them had also attended religious universities and experienced problems. They connected with me and tried to help me in anyway they could. The support I received from everyone was incredible and pushed me to move forward!

“The most important thing I’ve learned is to always stand up for what you believe in,” she added. “It’s okay to not be accepted somewhere, there is somewhere else out there that will accept you and encourage you to be who you are.”

6 comments

  • William Denison

    Now you will feel no pain / for each of you will be shelter to another….

    Now you will feel no cold / for each of you will be warmth to another…

    Now there is no loneliness for you / for each of you will show compassion to the other…

    Now you are two persons / but there is one life before you…..

    Go now to your dwelling place / to enter into the days of your togetherness….

    And may your days be good and long / upon this earth…..

  • Just a mom

    And I agree with them with them too Justice. There’s so much hate in the world if you don’t conform to what others believe. If you can find someone who loves you for you then why not? I hope this couple has a long happy life.

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