Now in the courts:
She told her professors, and wrote in a term paper, that she would have to tell gay clients that homosexuality was wrong and that being homosexual was a choice.
The school informed Keeton that her program required her to adhere to the guidelines from the American Counseling Association which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Indeed, I would argue that gay students might be more likely to seek counseling than their heterosexual peers. After all, a school counselor is the point person on issues like bullying, depression and loss of self-esteem. Moreover, the ACA accredits the school. That accreditation would be at risk if the school permitted a student or students to violate ACA guidelines. Keeton was also informed that her writing skills were considerably below par.
Keeton was asked to comply with a remediation plan that would require her to take an English composition class, attend sensitivity training, read counseling journals and mix with gays. It was suggested that she might attend events like the city’s gay pride parade. Oh the horror of it all.
Keeton refused. She was placed on academic probation and warned that she could be expelled. Jennifer Keeton did what every victimized fundamentalist Christian does. She contacted the folks at Alliance Defense Fund, a nonprofit fundamentalist law firm.
- Violation of her freedom of speech.
- Violation of her right to freely exercise her religion.
- Violation of freedom from unconstitutional conditions.
- Violation of her right to equal protection.
- Violation of her right to due process.