HR Director Fired After Writing Anti-Gay Op-Ed Loses In Court

crystal_dixonOn Monday, a federal appeals court rejected a lawsuit filed by a human-relations director who was fired after she penned an op-ed piece challenging civil-rights protections for the LGBT community.

A three-judge panel affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of Crystal Dixon’s wrongful-termination suit against the University of Toledo, stating that her essay in the Toledo Free Press “contradicted the very policies she was charged with creating, promoting, and enforcing” and wasn’t protected by her First Amendment rights.

In April 2008, Dixon wrote in the Free Press that she took “great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are ‘civil-rights victims.'” She argued that while she “cannot wake up tomorrow and not be a black woman… daily, thousands of homosexuals make a life decision to leave the gay lifestyle” through reparative therapy.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports:

[Dixon] was fired after a hearing in which she stood by her views but argued that they did not affect her performance as a human-resources administrator, citing her recent decisions to hire “one, possibly two practicing homosexuals” in her own department.

Looks like “Some of my best friends are gay” doesn’t hold up in court, either.

Don’t worry about Dixon, though—she’s landed on her feet: In addition to becoming a motivational speaker and Mary Kay cosmetics rep, she wrote the Christian romance novel Destiny’s Time.