Yeshiva University is suspending undergraduate student club activities after the Supreme Court refused to uphold a court order requiring the university to recognize an LGBTQ student club.
The university sent an email indicating the action as it “takes steps to follow the roadmap provided by the Supreme Court of the United States to protect (the university’s) religious freedom,” according to CNN.
The university had sought an emergency order from the Supreme Court to stop the state court’s decision which ruled that the university should host the YU Pride Alliance, a student group on campus, due to the New York anti-discrimination law.
The high court declined to get involved, in a 5-4 ruling, but the unsigned ruling said the university could pursue appeals through the New York state court system.
In a statement released last week, Rabbi Ari Berman, president of Yeshiva University, said every faith-based university in the United States has the right to work with its students — including LGBTQ students — to set up the clubs. , places and spaces “that fit in with its religious tradition. He said the university “simply seeks that same right to self-determination.”
“The Supreme Court has given us the road map to find a speedy remedy and we will follow its instructions,” Berman said. “At the same time, as our commitment and love for our LGBTQ students is unwavering, we continue to extend our invitation to work together to create a more inclusive campus life consistent with our Torah values.
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