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Gay student wants law school accreditation standards changed

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Andrew Stankevich Andrew Stankevich
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A gay student who attends the Mississippi College School of Law is calling for the American Bar Association to change its accreditation standards for Christian law schools.

Andrew Stankevich says the ABA allows Christian law schools to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered students—as long as they do so in a way that doesn't violate students' equal access to educational opportunities.     

Stankevich says the Mississippi College School of Law won't allow the formation of a gay student association. Stankevich feels like he was unfairly judged by a peer when competing to get into an MC speaking group called "Moot Court."

"I felt that I've been excluded from the Moot Court program, if I experience harassment I'm not take seriously, I'm told that I'm crazy and there's no harassment policy or anyway I can deal with the situation," says Stankevich.

In a statement, officials from the privately owned MC School of Law say, "MC Law is committed to offering a quality legal education to our students and to ensure that the MC Law community is treated with dignity and respect and with an appreciation for the standards of the legal profession." 

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