U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Christian Law Students' Case

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December 7, 2009
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The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of the Christian Legal Society at the University of California's Hastings College of the Law.  The group of religiously conservative law students objects to the university's policy of prohibiting student organizations recognized by the university from discriminating on the basis of race, national origin, religion and sexual orientation. Only students who affirm what the Christian Legal Society calls "orthodox Christian beliefs" can be voting members. The group claims that the university's policy violates its religious freedom to exclude people who do not share their beliefs. The university, in enforcing its policy, said that a public university should not be compelled to subsidize groups that discriminate.  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the university in March. 

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