Here We Go: Lesbian Sues Fuller Theological Seminary After She Was Expelled for Being in Same-sex Marriage

Fuller Theological Seminary of Pasadena, California. | Courtesy Fuller Theological Seminary

A woman has filed a lawsuit against Fuller Theological Seminary, accusing it of violating Title IX rules when it expelled her for being in a same-sex marriage.

Joanna Maxon brought the suit against the nondenominational seminary on Thursday. The lawsuit is being filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

“Defendants discriminated against Mrs. Maxon based on her sexual orientation because it expelled Mrs. Maxon for entering into a civil same-sex marriage,” reads the suit, a copy of which was emailed to The Christian Post earlier this week. “Defendants also discriminated against Mrs. Maxon based on her sex and sexual orientation by subjecting her to stricter disciplinary action than Fuller would have subjected a male, heterosexual student.”

Paul Southwick, one of the attorneys for Maxon, told CP that this is the first case he’s argued in which the student “filed a Title IX lawsuit because they have been expelled for a same-sex marriage.”

“The other cases I’ve taken on have dealt with gender identity discrimination or related to sexual conduct involving non-married LGBTQ students,” Southwick added. “With the legalization of same-sex marriage, institutions like Fuller will be encountering more and more students who are in same-sex marriages, particularly among graduate student populations.”

Southwick also argued that if Fuller wants to hold traditional standards for their students, then they should “refrain from accepting public money and should not offer its services to the general public.”

“From a legal perspective, an expulsion based on sexual orientation, including one that is based on ‘homosexual conduct’ or a same-sex relationship, is illegal under Title IX at a place like Fuller because Fuller accepts federal funding,” Southwick asserted.

“From a moral perspective, an expulsion, particularly of someone who is a wife and mother, does not seem kind or ethical.”

CP reached out to Fuller for a response. A spokesperson explained that they could not offer a specific comment on anything related to one of their students.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski