6th Circuit Revives Graduate Counseling Student’s Religious Discrimination Claim Against Eastern Michigan University

A unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled on January 27 that District Judge George C. Steeh (E.D. Mich.) should not have granted summary judgment in favor of Eastern Michigan University on a 1st and 14th Amendment free speech/free exercise of religion claim by a graduate student who was expelled from the graduate counseling program after she asked that counseling practicum clients presenting gay relationship issues be referred to other counseling students because of her religious objections to gay relationships. Ward v. Polite, 2011 WL _______ .

Distinguishing this case from the 11th Circuit

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