"Payton Hall, on the campus of Fuller Theological Seminary" by Bobak Ha'Eri / CC BY 3.0

Woman sues Christian college after they expelled her for being in a same-sex marriage

Nov 29, 2019

By Dennis Romero

A woman who married another woman after she was accepted to a California theological college was expelled, and now she’s suing for alleged discrimination.

Plaintiff Joanna Maxon of Fort Worth, Texas said she was kicked out of Fuller Theological Seminary last year where she was studying for a master of arts in theology.

“I was approaching the end and looking forward to graduation and all that stuff,” the 53-year-old said. “To have that taken away unexpectedly — I was a really good student — I was devastated by it.”

At the time she was expelled, she was in the middle of taking two classes and need an additional three to complete her degree.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles federal court Thursday, alleges violation of federal and state civil rights laws as well as U.S. Department of Education Title IX rules, which generally prohibits outlaw gender identity discrimination at institutions that accept federal aid. Maxon was using federally backed student loans to finance her education.

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