Yeshiva University can hold off on recognizing an LGBTQ student group as an official campus club as a result of a Friday order from the Supreme Court.
The justices issued a stay pending appeal in the case, which had been set to go before them next week. The move gives Yeshiva University time to file its appeal and keeps in place a lower court ruling that said the school could refuse to recognize the club.
The Supreme Court’s order is a victory for Yeshiva University, which has argued that recognizing the LGBTQ student group would violate its religious beliefs. The university has said it would be forced to “compromise” its “mission and message” if it were to allow the club on campus.
“We are pleased with Justice Sotomayor’s ruling which protects our religious liberty and identity as a leading faith-based academic institution,” said Rabbi Ari Berman, president of Yeshiva University.
“But make no mistake, we will continue to strive to create an environment that welcomes all students, including those of our LGBTQ community,”
The case will now likely be argued in the fall, with a decision coming sometime next year.
The Supreme Court’s order is a setback for the LGBTQ student group, which has been fighting for recognition from the university for years. The group has argued that the university is discriminating against them by refusing to recognize their club.
The case has drawn national attention, with both sides arguing that it could have implications for other colleges and universities across the country.
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