Court Revives Suit Against Eastern Michigan U

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A federal appeals court Friday revived a lawsuit filed by a woman who contends she was kicked out of a master's degree program at Eastern Michigan University because of her opposition to homosexuality.

The decision means Julea Ward's lawsuit against school officials will return to federal district court in Detroit, where a judge threw out the case in 2010.

Ward was in a counseling program at the university when she asked her superiors to refer a gay client to someone else. She says she told professors that her faith prohibited her from affirming homosexual behavior.

The university expelled Ward from the program, although she was just a few classes short of a degree and had a high grade-point average.

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