School Does Not Have to Recognize Religious Group That Excludes Gays

The Supreme Court has held that a California law school does not have to give official recognition to a religious organization that requires all members sign a statement saying "unrepentant participation in or advocacy of a sexually immoral lifestyle" is inconsistent with the group’s beliefs.

The school has said that no campus groups with official recognition can exclude members based on sexual orientation or religious beliefs. A lower court previously held that the exclusion did not violate the group’s First Amendment rights. 

The Court reasoned that the group did not merely seek parity with other organizations, it sought preferential treatment, and therefore did not "transgress constitutional limitations."

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