Christian college that expels people in same-sex marriages just got served with another lawsuit

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Two former students, Nathan Brittsan and Joanna Maxon, are each suing the Fuller Theological Seminary for $1 million, claiming that the college has discriminated against them on the basis of their sexuality. Maxon launched legal action in November, saying that disciplinary proceedings were initiated against her when the school bosses checked her tax record and found out about her marital status – she is married to a woman. On January 7 she was joined by Brittsan, who is also a baptist pastor. He alleges that he was dismissed from the Christian school in 2017 when he applied to the school administration to change his surname when he tied the knot to his husband. The seminary’s community standards state that “sexual union must be reserved for marriage, which is the covenant union between one man and one woman, and that sexual abstinence is required for the unmarried”. But Title IV of the Civil Rights act forbids to discriminate against people on the basis of their sexuality anyway. While certain religious colleges are eligible to apply for exemptions from Title IV, Fuller did not apply for it.

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