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Fri Jul 21, 2017, 11:42 AM

BYU Professor Fired for Post Supporting LGBT Community on Facebook

Ruthie Robertson, an adjunct professor at Mormon-operated Brigham Young University’s Idaho campus, sought to mark the start of Pride month with a post to social media expressing her support for the LGBT community.

However, she also raised her concerns about the troubling LGBT-rights record of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, to which she belongs.

Within hours, Robertson was called in for a meeting with the university’s administration and ultimately found herself left without a job in retribution, with the classes she had been scheduled to teach in the summer and fall abruptly canceled.

Salt Lake City’s KUTV reports:

She wrote about the LDS church fighting for California’s Proposition 8, an amendment to the state’s constitution, fighting to stop same sex marriage in the state and allowing religious universities, doctors and adoption services, among other services, being denied to same-sex couples.

Robertson, a member of the LDS church, said she has many gay friends and wrote the post to let them know she supported and loved them. She said she could not remove or rescind the post.

“I could not take it back,” she said.

Robertson said she felt secure in making her post on Facebook because it is private; no students followed her online and her beliefs have never been taught in a classroom.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2017/07/byu-professor-fired-lgbt-post/

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