Target: President of Southwestern Christian University Dr. Reggies Wenyika
Goal: Readmit lesbian student who was unexpectedly expelled from college after marrying her long-time partner
After returning home from her Las Vegas honeymoon, 22-year-old Christian Minard received a letter from her university informing her that she had been expelled. Minard was allegedly punished for marrying another woman, which is in violation of the college’s lifestyle standards. Tell Southwestern Christian University to end its discriminatory and unethical treatment of homosexual students, and accept Minard back into its ranks.
Minard was married to her long-time partner in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 17, 2014, and while she does not have university friends on her Facebook, she did post a picture of her marriage license. There have also been pictures of Minard and her wife on Facebook, but in the three years she attended university, no one said a word about their relationship. When reached for comment, university officials said that federal laws prevented them from speaking on the matter, and could only divulge information if Minard allowed it.
Minard admits that she broke her student conduct code, otherwise known as a lifestyle principle. Southwestern Christian University students are not allowed to engage in homosexual relationships, smoke, drink, cheat, have premarital sex, harass others, be profane, and most hypocritical of all, be discriminatory. Minard states that while she did violate her contract, there have been other students on campus who have violated these rules, yet they were not punished.
The university is being discriminatory and unfair by punishing Minard, especially when other students have violated the contract. Urge the President of Southwestern Christian University to readmit Minard and issue an apology to the student for singling her out.
Dear Dr. Reggies Wenyika,
A student from your university was recently expelled for marrying someone of the same-sex and therefore breaking her student conduct agreement. Included in this agreement was the prohibition of discrimination, which I have to say is extremely hypocritical of your university to enforce. Barring students from having homosexual relationships is discriminatory, and preventing someone from obtaining an education because of who they marry is extremely prejudiced.
I demand that you immediately reinstate this student and apologize for singling her out. Christian Minard states that other students have participated in prohibited acts, but were never punished. This is unfair and discriminatory treatment, and the university should issue an apology for treating her this way.
[Your Name Here]
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