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Bethel Ministries v. Salmon

Last Updated: 5/29/2020

Overview

Summary

Maryland officials revoked a church-run school’s eligibility to participate in a voucher program to benefit low-income students and demanded the school pay back thousands of dollars for previous participation in the program. Although the school fully complied with the program’s requirements, state officials disqualified Bethel from participating in the program after reading Bethel’s Christian beliefs about marriage and sexuality, even though the school has not—and will not—turn down a student based on their sexual orientation. The school only simply asks students to refrain from engaging in any sexual conduct.

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]}

Biographies

Ryan Tucker

Senior Counsel, Director of the Center for Christian Ministries

Ryan Tucker serves as senior counsel and director of the Center for Christian Ministries with Alliance Defending Freedom.

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