Yeshiva University suspends clubs amid Supreme Court’s LGBTQ ruling

Yeshiva University suspends clubs amid Supreme Court’s LGBTQ ruling

NEW YORK (AP) – Yeshiva University has abruptly suspended student club activity because of a Supreme Court decision earlier this week that ordered the school to recognize – for now – an LGBTQ student group.

In an email to students, university officials said Friday that they were “suspending all activities of the undergraduate club while taking immediate steps to follow the roadmap provided by the U.S. Supreme Court to YU’s religious freedom defend.”

On Wednesday, the high court succeeded in clearing the way for the LGBTQ group, YU Pride Alliance, to receive official recognition from the Jewish university in New York.

The undergraduate group describes itself as “a supportive space for all students, of all sexual orientations and gender identities, to feel valued, visible and represented.”

University spokespeople did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment Saturday.

In a 5-4 vote Wednesday, the justices lifted a temporary hold on a court order requiring Yeshiva University to recognize the group, even as a legal fight continues in New York courts. Two conservatives, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, sided with the court’s three liberal justices to form a majority.

The dissent among the justices appears to be primarily procedural, with the majority writing in a brief, unsigned order that Yeshiva should return to state court to seek expedited review and temporary relief while the case continues. forward. If it doesn’t get either from state courts, the school can return to the Supreme Court, the majority wrote.

Other faith-based institutions were watching the situation closely.

After the ruling, the president of the university, Rabbi Ari Berman, said that faith-based universities have the right to establish clubs within their understanding of the Torah.

“Yeshiva University simply seeks the same right of self-determination,” he said. “The Supreme Court has laid out the roadmap for finding quick relief and we will follow their lead.”

Berman added that the university’s “commitment and love for our LGBTQ students is unwavering.”

However, a lawyer for the students said the university’s action on Friday was divisive and “disgraceful”.

“The Pride Alliance is looking for a safe space on campus, nothing else. By shutting down all club activities, the YU administration attempts to divide the student body and pit students against their LGBT peers,” said attorney Katie Rosenfeld.

The university’s tactic, she said, is a throwback to 50 years ago when the city of Jackson, Mississippi closed all public swimming pools rather than comply with court orders of desegregation.

The university, an Orthodox Jewish institution in New York, argued that recognizing the Pride Alliance would violate its faith.

The club argued that Yeshiva’s plea to the Supreme Court was premature, also noting that the university already has a recognized gay pride club in its law school.

A state court in New York sided with the student group and ordered the university to recognize the club immediately. The issue is still under appeal in the state court system, but the judges there declined to suspend the order in the meantime.

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