Judge rules that university can require counseling students to learn about gay issues

Published: August 22, 2010

A federal judge has ruled that Augusta State University can require graduate counseling students to learn about gay issues.

Student Jennifer Keeton was trying to resist a "remediation" plan put forth by the school after she said that if confronted by gay clients, she would tell them "their behavior is morally wrong and then help the client change that behavior."

The remediation plan involved exposure to gay community events and also required Keeton to do some additional academic reading.

Keeton claimed the remediation plan violated her First Amendment rights.

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