The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is being asked to rehear
the case of a former University of Toledo human resources
administrator who was fired for expressing her personal point of
view on homosexuality.
Crystal Dixon, an African-American Christian upset by a 2008 op-ed piece in the Toledo Free Press
equating the homosexual lifestyle to civil rights movement, submitted her own opinion to the paper to
express her disagreement. She was promptly fired.
Her attorney, Robert Muise
of the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC), tells
OneNewsNow a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit sided with the
"[They] held that she was under this presumption that they have
that she was a confidential policy-making employee, and because of
that, the government rights prevail as a matter of law," he
But the AFLC is appealing to the full Sixth Circuit to rehear
"We're asking the full court to reconsider this presumption,
which certainly abridges the fundamental right to freedom of speech
and … doesn't take into account any of the public interests, the
societal interests, and certainly not even our client's interest in
the First Amendment," Muise states.
Because there is disagreement within the court of appeals as to
how this presumption should be applied, or even if it should exist,
Dixon's case has a better chance of being reviewed.
City and county officials of Jackson, Michigan, offered Dixon a
position to serve as human resources director in 2011 -- an offer to which pro-homosexual
groups objected based on the argument that her job history
"indicates that she is not qualified to serve the needs of all of
the families and residents she's charged with protecting."