Geneva College soccer coach fired after expressing support for LGBTQ people

by | Jul 11, 2023 | Religion

(RNS) — The women’s soccer coach at a Christian university near Pittsburgh was fired last month after she posted to Instagram two messages affirming the value of queer people.Kelsey Morrison was escorted off the campus of Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, on June 2. She identifies as gay but remains celibate in keeping with the school’s code, which forbids sex outside of heterosexual marriage.
In early April, she posted two messages to her Instagram page: “Queer people offer precious gifts to the church: Don’t miss out” and “Jesus is radically inclusive.”
Since her firing, an assistant women’s soccer coach, Dave Symmonds, resigned in protest.
Geneva College, which enrolls 1,180 students, is affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, a small evangelical denomination with about 7,000 members.
Like hundreds of U.S. Catholic and Protestant universities, it forbids sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman, both among students and faculty. In recent years, several evangelical schools have publicly enforced rules prohibiting students from identifying as LGBTQ or advocating for such identities and explicitly asked faculty to reaffirm their adherence to traditional Christian teachings.
At Geneva, faculty must sign a “standards of conduct” statement every year stating, “We …

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