Supreme Court Rejects Yeshiva University’s Bid to Block LGBTQ+ Student Organization, Returns It to New York Courts

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The Supreme Court has rejected a bid by Yeshiva University to prevent an LGBTQ+ student organization from forming on campus and returns the matter to New York courts.

In a 5-4 decision against the Jewish college on Wednesday, the Supreme Court denied Yeshiva’s request to stay a New York County Supreme Court decision, and the school will now have to go through the New York court system. York.

Supreme Court justices who disagreed with the majority included Justice Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, writing for the majority, said the “application is denied because it appears the applicants have at least two other expedited or interim remedies available to them in state court.”

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Alito’s dissent states that the First Amendment allows Yeshiva University to freely exercise its religion, and added that a return to state court is unlikely to be successful for the school.

“I doubt Yeshiva’s return to state court will be successful, and I see no reason why we shouldn’t grant a reprieve at this time. It is our duty to uphold the Constitution even when this is controversial. “, wrote Alito.

New York County Supreme Court Judge Lynn Kotler ruled on June 14 that because the university is licensed as a non-religious organization, it must comply with the state’s human rights law. New York City.

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Kotler said in a previous ruling that the university must “immediately grant Applicant YU Pride Alliance full equality of accommodations, benefits, facilities, and privileges afforded to all other groups of students at Yeshiva University.”

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The New York County Supreme Court judge also ordered the the university and its presidentAri Berman, to be “permanently barred from continuing their refusal to officially recognize the YU Pride Alliance as a student organization based on members’ sexual orientation or gender and/or status, mission and /or YU Pride Alliance activities on behalf of LGBTQ students.”

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