Advancing Religious Liberty
1/4/13 at 11:20 AM 0 Comments

The Julea Ward Settlement: A Win for Religious Liberty

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This opinion column originally appeared on townhall.com on 1/4/2012.

Author: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco

Alliance Defending Freedom recently settled a lawsuit brought on behalf of Julea Ward, a former graduate student at Eastern Michigan University who was expelled from her counseling program after refusing to violate her religious beliefs. Media reports have unfortunately suggested that Julea’s lawsuit involved her refusal to counsel a client because he identified as gay: this is untrue.

Instead, her case involved her religious objection to being forced to provide counseling about sexual relationships outside of marriage, an objection which applies equally to homosexual and heterosexual clients.

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