Georgia Grad Student Sues University Over Gay Sensitivity Training

"In certain personal conversations away from the classroom with friends and colleagues, Miss Keeton has shared her Christian faith, and commended its virtues and benefits," the lawsuit said. "In the course of such discussions, she has also communicated Christian viewpoints on matters related to sexual ethics."

According to the lawsuit, which included several e-mails between Keeton and faculty, school officials said that they weren't trying to change her views or religious beliefs, but that it was "unethical" for her to apply her own personal viewpoints to other people "and not truly accepting that others can have different beliefs and values that are equally valid as your own."

W. Mark Hamilton, executive director of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, said he couldn't speak to the specific lawsuit against Augusta State University, but that's it's not unreasonable that a student be requested to take additional diversity training.

While the AMCA has not officially taken a stance on LGBT issues -- "We have members on both sides of the issue," Hamilton explained -- they do expect their members to try to work with clients regardless of their sexual orientation.

"Most certainly our members would take a positive understanding position," he said. "I don't think that most members or counselors would reject this client out of hand because of their beliefs. Of course there's always that option to terminate their relationship."

But French said the decision to require a remediation plan came before school officials ever saw Keeton interact with a client.

"There no evidence she's mistreated anybody," he said. "It is not part of the program to single out a Christian woman because of her religious beliefs."

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