ATLANTA (AP) — A graduate student is asking a federal appeals court to block Augusta State University from expelling her because of her views on gays.

Jennifer Keeton is taking her case to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday.

She said she is being punished by the Georgia school for expressing “biblical views on sexual ethics” that included arguing that sexual behavior is a choice.

The school suggested she take diversity sensitivity workshops and attend the city’s gay pride parade, but she said she was threatened with being expelled when she refused to alter her views.

She claims the school’s move violated her First Amendment rights. The school lawyers countered that faculty had little choice but to hold Keeton to a code of ethics.

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