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Religious School Pushes To Maintain The Right To Keep LGBTQ Group Off Campus

rainbow jewish starMost of the recent religious discriminatory spotlight has been cast on Christians trying to turn the United States into a theocracy. This should not be confused for meaning that they are the only ones fighting for the right to discriminate-as-religious freedom; Yeshiva University is also making religious freedom claims — and they are willing to go to court over it.

I am surprised that things have gotten this far to begin with.  Though I am not a fan of their wishes, Yeshiva is a private religious institution and it’s usually the case that those groups can discriminate on religious ground as long as they aren’t taking state money or something. If this gets up to the Supreme Court, the school will likely not be required to recognize the club.

The application comes as the conservative majority of the court ruled in favor of religious conservatives in two cases last term. In addition, in 2021, the court sided with a Catholic foster care agency that refused to consider same-sex couples as potential foster parents.

My only real worry is that a Court decision may sneak some foreshadowing into its rationale à la pointing toward Obergefell and Brown in Dobbs. The silver lining is that the students interested in forming the group will likely be able to find a space more amenable to their right to convene. It is New York, after all.

Yeshiva University Asks Supreme Court To Let it block LGBTQ student club [CNN]

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