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Student denied readmission to Baptist college after coming out

“I was told I couldn’t come back unless I petitioned to the president or I wrote a statement that I would adhere to the moral guidelines and basically not be gay anymore.”


Chase Martinson, who was refused reentry to Hannibal-LaGrange University (HGLU) after withdrawing due to illness in October of last year. The 20-year-old came out to friends on Facebook in December and reapplied. He was accepted to HGLU in January. Last week, Martinson was contacted by the school’s Office of Admissions and informed that his application was now “under consideration and in a state of inactivity.” HGLU, a Baptist-affiliated college in Missouri, informed Martinson that he was in breach of the school’s moral guidelines, which have specific rules against homosexuality. (KHQA)

Image Credit: Chase Martinson (Facebook)

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