Yeshiva University bans student clubs following an LGBTQ group ruling

Yeshiva University – Beyond My Ken, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Yeshiva University in New York City has stated that it has suspended all undergraduate student club activities while it determines its next course of action after being forced by a judge to formally recognize an LGBT student group against the Jewish university’s objections.

Yeshiva University is a private Orthodox Jewish institution, and it claims that recognizing an LGBTQ organization goes against its religious values. A New York judge decided the school was still subject to anti-discrimination law and thus far the Supreme Court has refused to block it. Meaning the school has to treat the LGBTQ group equally to all the other student groups for the time being.

In response, the university halted all club activities. In an email, the school said that it would “hold off on all undergraduate club activities while it immediately takes steps to follow the roadmap provided by the U.S. Supreme Court to protect YU’s religious freedom.”

The LGBTQ group has since proposed a compromise in order to allow the other student organizations to continue operations.

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