Stephen Lovegrove would be a junior this fall at Charleston Southern University. He says he majors in Religion with a minor in Communication and says he has a 3.8 GPA.
He is openly gay and recently he started posting things on the web about being a Christian and openly gay. Up until Monday he says he was an RA or Resident Advisor. Lovegrove said he lost his job because of his posts.
"This is the situation they brought up-- any parent who has a student coming to CSU can Google my name or just come across it and they can call the school and say I'm not comfortable with my child being the same suite with a gay individual. I am not comfortable with my child having a gay R. A. I am not comfortable with this person being in a ministry role. And so they basically said the issue is, it's on the World Wide Web and now there are parents and administrators and donors."
News 2 talked to Dr. Rick Brewer the dean of student affairs at the school and asked about the conversation with Lovegrove. He said these are personnel issues that couldn't be discussed; he said Lovegrove was transferred to another job for the same pay and that Lovegrove has not violated any school policy. Then the question was asked a second time-- Why was he removed from his job as an R.A .and Dr. Brewer said again the issues are personnel issues that could not be discussed. He also said Lovegrove is still a student but Lovegrove said today he will not be going back to CSU this fall.
"All and all its thousands of dollars that were helping me go to school that I am not receiving anymore. And so between that and the fact that I have been removed from everything that was my heart and soul and my passion being at CSU, I have just decided that it doesn't make sense and it's not a healthy environment for me to go back to in the fall."