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Pennsylvania Bible College Kicks Out Man For Being Gay When He’s Just 6 Credits Away From Graduating ?

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The private “Christ-Centered” Clarks Summit University has closed its doors on a Pennsylvania gay man who was planning to re-enroll in the college to complete his undergraduate degree.

Just six credits away, 35-year-old Gary Campbell previously attended the Lackawanna County university in the early 2000s when it was known as Baptist Bible College. He was planning to return there this fall but last month he learned he was no longer welcome there due to his sexual orientation.

In a FaceTime interview with Eyewitness News Campbell said:

I was heartbroken. I was hurt and essentially I just, I just felt like I was punched in the gut again.

A recovering alcoholic, Campbell wanted to complete his degree so he can help others struggling with addiction.

He told Eyewitness News:

I always spoke highly of the school. I thought it was a great school with a great staff and for them to do this to me, it just felt like a slap in the face!

Clarks Summit University stands by its decision.

In a statement regarding prospective students, they said:

We adhere to biblical truths and expect them to do the same.

Many people who learned about the school’s decision were outraged and began using the hashtag #LetGaryGraduate to help him in the fight for his education—though being a private school, Clarks Summit University was fully within their rights to ban him.

People on Twitter were understandably outraged:

And some vowed to take action and began rallying the troops:

Enter Lackawanna College. The college’s president, Mark Volk, sympathized with Campbell’s situation and reached out to him to see if he could help.

Volk told Eyewitness News: 

This is right in our mission set of providing opportunities for young men and women who really want to better themselves.

The Lackawanna College is currently looking over Campbell’s transcripts to see what can be worked out.

Check out Eyewitness News’ coverage of the story:

These commenters mentioned other universities they say have done the same thing: 

Let’s hope that, in six months time, Campbell has his degree from Lackawanna College and can leave all of this behind him.

H/T: Raw Story, Twitter, YouTube


Written by Vanessa Nix Anthony

Vanessa is a freelance-flame-haired-word-ninja-for-hire with a passion for storytelling. Her writing has been featured in The Oregonian, Baltimore Magazine, Oregonlive, KPTV, Metro Parent, and Trulia, among others. She’s the author of the Amazon title, “In Less than a Year,” and her successful Portland-based copywriting agency, The Portland Writer has been helping businesses tell their brand’s unique stories for over a decade. When she’s not writing, cooking, or making magical worlds out of cardboard for her son, Vanessa is hard at work illustrating her forthcoming children’s books or belting out karaoke to favorite 80s or Disney villains tunes. TWITTER: @nessnix, INSTA: @nessnixtony