Idaho adjunct professor says she was sacked over pro-LGBT Facebook post

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Idaho adjunct professor says she was sacked over pro-LGBT Facebook post

She said she particularly opposes a section of church policy that prevents minor children of same-sex couples from being baptized and only allows a person raised by LGBT parents to be baptized as an adult if he or she "specifically disavows the practice of same-gender cohabitation and marriage".

"For an organization that places so much importance on the family unit, this policy sure seems to be attacking a form of that unit", she wrote. In her message, she criticized the Mormon church for its historically conservative views on LGBT equality.

A Mormon university professor was sacked from her job after she refused to take down a Facebook post detailing her support for the LGBT community. In spite of the professional setback, Robertson still considers herself a member of the LDS church and is seeking employment at another university.

When asked about Roberton's firing, BYU-Idaho gave KUTV the following statement: "Brigham Young University-Idaho has a long-standing policy of not commenting on personnel matters". "... I'm still a member of the church, but I don't support this". Robertson said she would not choose to sacrifice her personal beliefs for the sake of her job, adding she would continue to support her gay friends just as she would her straight. "I know the woman who reported me to my department head already had some issues with my feminist posts".

Robertson said in a series of meetings with the BYU-I administration, she was told that she could finish teaching her current class and then would be fired.

Robertson graduated from BYU-Idaho in April 2016 with a degree in political science with an emphasis in foreign affairs and a minor in history. She was under contract to teach again during fall semester, she said, and had been told her contract would be renewed for 2018.

They urged her to think on the post for a few days and "hopefully make the right choice" to take it down. She said she didn't discuss religious doctrine in the classroom. There had never been anything in my classroom that had been controversial.

She felt the options she had were: take it down and keep her job or keep it up and be fired. She estimated that 80 percent of the students and faculty she has spoken with have major reservations about the policy. "I wanted the church and I wanted the school, those organziations to realize the harmful things that are inside the culture and inside the society to help my students be the ones to create change", Robertson said.

Reporter Bryan Clark can be reached at 208-542-6751.

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