Detroit Free Press: Case of Julea Ward, kicked out of EMU program for declining to counsel gay client, set for trial
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EMU said Ward had violated the American Counseling Association’s code of ethics, which the university’s counseling program follows.
Ward sued EMU in 2009, but lost in the lower courts. Ward and her attorneys, the Alliance Defense Fund, a legal organization that works to uphold the rights of religious college students and faculty, appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District.
A three-judge panel of the court in January ruled a jury could conclude the university used the code of ethics "as a pretext for punishing Ward’s religious views and speech." EMU denies any bias.
Lawyers argued in court Monday about who should get to testify in the case, the Free Press reported. The judge sided with EMU in a dispute about whether experts on the ACA’s code should be allowed to testify. The judge said they could.