Former Missouri State student sues over ouster

3 years 1 day 1 hour ago Friday, April 22 2016 Apr 22, 2016 Friday, April 22, 2016 1:56:00 PM CDT April 22, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A former Missouri State University graduate student has filed a lawsuit accusing the university of kicking him out of a master's program after he said counseling gay couples violated his religious beliefs.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Springfield, Andrew Cash said he was removed from the master's counseling program in 2014, three years after he told a professor he would not counsel gay couples because of his religious beliefs.

The Springfield News-Leader reports the lawsuit claims the university denied Cash's rights to religion and free speech and names the university's board of governors and other school officials as defendants.

Missouri State University spokeswoman Suzanne Shaw said in an email Friday the university "strictly prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion or any other protected class."

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