Christian university is granted federal permission to exclude LGBT students

David Hudson | Gay Star News | December 11, 2015

A Christian university in Tennessee has been granted a federal exemption to ban gay and trans students, and others that it feels doesn’t fit in with its faith-based outlook on life.

Dr. Randall O’Brien, the President of the Carson-Newman University, has said that he applied for Title IX exemption for the Southern Baptist institute in Jefferson City because he was advised to do so by his attorney.

As well as LGBT students, the exemption allows the school to exclude unwed mothers, students who are pregnant or women who have had an abortion.

Title IX was introduced to US law in 1972 to prevent sex discrimination in education. However, schools run by religious organization can apply for exemptions if adhering to the amendment ‘would not be consistent with the religious tenets of such organization.’

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