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Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 1:53am

Court Sides WIth Augusta State

A federal court has upheld a ruling that Augusta State University 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 it would be difficult for her to work with gay clients.

The university argued that it would risk its accreditation if it didn't hold Keeton to a code of ethics. Keeton filed a lawsuit claiming the institution was punishing her for her Christian views.

The Phoenix-based Alliance Defense Fund, which brought the lawsuit, declined comment on the ruling because the case is still under gag order by the court.

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