NEWBERG, Ore. (CBS Seattle) — Following a transgender student’s discrimination complaint, the U.S. Department of Education has granted George Fox University, Christian school, a religious exemption from federal anti-discrimination laws.

The complaint comes after Marcus Jayce, a transgender student attending George Fox University, was not allowed to live in an all-male dormitory, LGBTQ Nation reports.

Marcus’ complaint was formally filed by Portland attorney Paul Southwick.

However, George Fox University obtained the exemption they needed from the DOE on the basis that the school is a “Christ-centered community.”

“The university sought this exemption to preserve its right to draw on its religious convictions to handle situations related to students experiencing gender identity issues. Other colleges have received similar Title IX exemptions in the past,” George Fox said in a statement. “Providing appropriate housing for transgender students continues to be a challenge at religious and non-religious institutions across the country.”

However, for Southwick that’s not enough.

“This is worse than Hobby Lobby because George Fox is largely funded by taxpayer money,” says Southwick, before adding that he believes George Fox “is the first Christian college to ask the federal government for a permission slip to discriminate against transgender students”


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