By GREG BLUESTEIN and DORIE TURNER
ATLANTA (AP) — An attorney for a graduate school counseling student told federal judges in Atlanta on Tuesday that the student’s First Amendment rights were violated when professors at a Georgia university sought to punish her for her biblical views on gay rights.
Augusta State University put Jennifer Keeton on academic probation for saying it would be hard for her to work with gay clients, and threatened to expel her unless she attended events like Augusta’s gay pride parade, Keeton’s attorney Jeff Shafer told the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“She was told, `You don’t have to believe it. You just have to say you do,’” Shafer said.