US Christian school claims it has constitutional right to ban gays

January 16, 2006

LOGANSVILLE, Georgia — A private Christian school in Georgia claims it had the constitutional right to expel a student after administrators learned she shared a lesbian kiss with another student at a slumber party and was also involved in a sexual relationship with another female student.

Covenant Christian Academy said it was constitutionally protected when it made the decision to expel Jessica Bradley for �committing the major offense of sexual immorality.�

The school�s Jan. 4 response came just days after the former student, 15, and her father, Ron Bradley, sued the school in Gwinnett Superior Court for $1 million.

The school expelled Bradley after learning April 26 about her off-campus lesbian relationship.

The Bradleys now live in Pennsylvania.

CCA states in court records it is protected by the First Amendment and �ecclesiastical abstention� that prohibits courts from forcing a religious organization to define its beliefs.

�The school is saying that it has the constitutional right to ban gays,� said David Clark, attorney for the Bradleys.

Officials with CCA did not return calls seeking comment. – Issued by Gay Link Content

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