Lesbian Gets Kicked Out of Fuller Seminary, Sues Them


Joanna Maxon is a 53-year-old lesbian who has two kids, apparently because she wasn’t always a lesbian. Maxon wanted to advance her studies, so she began to attend Fuller Theological Seminary. When her financial paperwork revealed that she was married to a woman, Fuller expelled her from the school. She’s now suing Fuller for discriminating against her sexual orientation while taking government money, thus – in her opinion – barring them from having moral standards.

One should add that Fuller is not exactly a bastion of theological conservatism. In fact, it is one of the most liberal seminaries in the United States. It’s a shock that Fuller expelled Maxon to begin with. Nonetheless, they did, and now the courts will decide what kind of damages they owe to the woman for expelling her just shy of graduation.

Maxon has notified Fuller via letter that she would like to discuss the “financial, emotional, and legal commitment to the person she loves” over coffee.

In an October response to Maxon’s letter, Fuller’s Dean, Marianne Meye Thompson said, “Whenever violations of our sexual standards are brought to Fuller’s leadership’s attention, we address them as dictated by our policies and procedures. I am instructing the registrar to dismiss you from the seminary, effective immediately.”

Good for Fuller.

In reality, however, Fuller’s liberal vibe means that the institution doesn’t actually have a policy against same-sex relationships and Maxon reports being open about her gay marriage in the classroom and being fully supported by students and faculty for years, which makes the expulsion difficult to explain.

The technicality is that Fuller doesn’t forbid “same-sex relationships” it does forbid sexual intimacy outside of a same-sex marriage. In other words, Fuller allows same-sex romantic relationships but doesn’t allow it to get sexual.

And as most readers are thinking, no, that doesn’t make sense.

Maxxon’s lawyer said, “It wasn’t just about money. It was about Fuller’s treating [LGBTQ students] with transparency. What’s happening with Joanna is going to keep happening more and more. Policies at these institutions have a real impact on people.”


Bringing you discernment news and commentary from a biblical, polemical perspective means it is tough out there on social media. We’re constantly getting kneecapped and constrained by tech companies who find our fidelity to the scripture and pursuit of truth to be intolerable, resulting in our reach being severely throttled.

For this reason, we ask you please consider supporting us a few different ways. The first, by liking and following our new Facebook page, our home where we share new posts and interact with our members. The second, by following and retweeting our Twitter page. The third, by signing up for our newsletter below.

And last, through direct support. You can catch our free weekly episodes of the Polemics Report by subscribing at BTWN. If you like what you hear and desire to hear more, you can get the VIP full-length version for only $5.95 per month on Patreon. Also, you get other freebies for additional monthly pledges.

Subscribe to us on Patreon here and support our ministry.

God bless!

Stay informed. Subscribe Today.

When you subscribe, please add newsletter@pulpitandpen.org to your contacts to ensure that your newsletter doesn’t go into your spam folder.

Enter your email address below…

Contact Us Donate

Facebook Comments
Ads Blocker Image Powered by Code Help Pro
Ad Blocker Detected!!!

We have detected that you are using extensions to block ads. If you would like to go ad-free, please purchase a full subscription on Substack.