Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma has expelled a female student because she married another woman.

Christian Minard, 22, and Kadyn Parks married on March 17 in New Mexico, one of the 19 states, in addition to the District of Columbia, where gay couples are allowed to marry.

Southwestern's lifestyle covenant forbids “homosexual behavior.”

“Students violate parts of [the school's] covenant all the time, but they don't get expelled,” Minard told Religious News Service. “I didn't even get a hearing, just a letter to my parents.”

“As an American and a Christian, I do respect your choice,” Brad Davis, vice president of student life, wrote in the letter dated June 9. “[But] I have to uphold the Lifestyle Covenant at SCU and confront you with our position. Due to this recent event, you will not be able to attend SCU in the future.”

Minard was one semester away from graduating with a degree in sports management from Southwestern, which is affiliated with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.

“I have a strong faith in God,” Minard, a Lutheran, told CNN. “And I believe you can still have faith in God and live a gay lifestyle.”

The expulsion forces Minard to change her plans, she told Religious News Service.

“There isn't a similar program at an area university, so I'd have to change my program of study. And being one semester from graduation means I have taken all my electives. I'll lose all those credits if I transfer.”