For the second month in a row, a federal judge has backed the right of a public university to enforce standards of its counseling graduate programs — even when religious students object to standards requiring them to treat gay people on an equal basis. The latest ruling came Friday in Georgia, where Judge J. Randal Hall refused to grant an injunction that would block Augusta State University from expelling Jennifer Keeton from a master’s program over her refusal to comply with a remedial program designed to deal with concerns faculty members and fellow students had about the way she would counsel gay people. Keeton has maintained that being forced to comply with the remedial program would effectively force her to change her Christian beliefs — something that she and her legal backers maintain a public university has no right to do.

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